Police arrest man sought in shooting death of University of Utah student

Law enforcement officers search the hills near the mouth of Red Butte Canyon, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Salt Lake City for the suspect in a fatal carjacking attempt near the University of Utah. The suspect, Austin Boutain, was taken into custody later that day and charged this week with aggravated murder and other counts. | AP photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police arrested a man Tuesday who was sought in a fatal carjacking near the University of Utah and in a Colorado homicide.

Austin Boutain, 24, was arrested after surrendering to workers at a Salt Lake City library.

This undated photo shows Austin Boutain, who was arrested Oct. 31, 2017, in connection with a fatal shooting during an attempted carjacking the previous day near the University of Utah. | Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office via Associated Press, St. George News

The arrest came after a manhunt following the death of 23-year-old Chinese student ChenWei Guo, who was killed Monday during an attempted carjacking near campus.

In addition, police in Golden, Colorado, have said they want to question Boutain about the killing of a 63-year-old man whose body was found in a trailer and whose truck had been driven by Boutain in Utah.

His wife, Kathleen E. Boutain, is also a person of interest in the Colorado case. She was in custody in Utah on unrelated drug and theft charges.

Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking said Austin Boutain apparently slipped a police containment line in a nearby canyon after the Monday night slaying.

Guo, one of thousands of international students at the University of Utah, was a freshman from Beijing who came to the U.S. in 2012 and dreamed of owning his own consulting company.

He enjoyed skydiving, skiing and horseback riding, according to his biography on the school’s International Student and Scholar Services website.

Lori McDonald, dean of students, described him as “extremely outgoing, charming, creative, smart.” Guo was studying pre-computer science and was a peer adviser in the International Student and Scholar Services Office.

Pershing said the killing as a “senseless, random act of violence.”

A lockdown at the university ended early Tuesday. About 175 students had to shelter in the library because they couldn’t return their homes.

University officials canceled Tuesday classes.

Written by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press.

Associated Press writers Michelle L. Price in Salt Lake City and Regina Garcia Cano in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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