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Domestic Dispute Turns to Woman Killed, Man Hospitalized

Domestic Dispute Turns to Woman Killed, Man Hospitalized

Posted - Aug. 9, 2003 at 3:41 p.m.



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Sandra Yi ReportingThere is new information on the officer-involved shooting in Summit County last night. It started out as a domestic dispute and ended with a woman shot and killed, a man in the hospital and another man in jail for attempted murder.

31-year old David Gayler is behind bars in connection with a shooting in Wasatch County yesterday. Gayler was behind the wheel of this car when he was pulled over by officers on State Route 428. He was with his girlfriend Natalie Turner and her ex-husband John Pochynok. Police say the three had some sort of altercation at Pochynok's home in Deer Mountain.

Sgt. Dan Rosenhan, Utah Highway Patrol: "I know that there were shots fired at that scene and that there was some injuries because there was blood at the scene."

Neighbor Julie Martini told police she heard five to six gunshots coming from the home, then saw a man chasing another man.

Julie Martini, Witness: "They just looked like they were running and I couldn't figure out what was going on. At that point, I don't think they were even talking. I heard yelling before that."

Witnesses saw the three drive away. Officers spotted their car two miles down the road and pulled them over. Police say Turner was in the passenger seat; her injured ex-husband in the back.

Sgt. Dan Rosenhan: "As she was attempting to exit the vehicle, it appeared that she was being held back by the passenger in the rear and during that brief struggle between them two, there were some shots being fired inside the vehicle."

Police shot Turner in the torso when she got out of the car brandishing a gun. Officers say it appeared Turner already had a gunshot wound to the head. Her boyfriend told family members Pochynok had shot her. Turner died at a hospital.

Her ex-husband who also had gunshot wounds was flown to a hospital. He is expected to recover.

Meanwhile, the two officers who fired shots are on routine administrative leave pending the investigation.

David Gayler told Turner's family she shot her ex-husband; although investigators haven't confirmed that. Gayler also told them they were taking him to the hospital when they were pulled over.

Turner's family describes Natalie as a loving mother. The couple has two children, ages 4 and 7.

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