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University of Utah Shooting: Suspect Reportedly Found Dead

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A suspect in the shooting of a University of Utah student was reportedly found dead. (Prathan Keawkhum/Dreamstime.com)

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:28 AM

A University of Utah shooting suspect has been found dead after allegedly shooting a female student on campus just before 10 p.m. Monday, KUTV reported.

Police tracked down the man, identified as Melvin Rowland. The student has not been identified.

Police followed Rowland into a church after he was spotted near 600 South 200 East in Salt Lake City at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told KUTV.

Wahlin said Rowland's body was found in the church.

The University of Utah also tweeted that Rowland had been located and was "no longer a threat."

The university temporarily imposed a lockdown shortly before 10 p.m., after the body of the female student was found in a car near the medical towers.

Police described the suspect as 37 years old, roughly 6 foot, 3 inches tall and about 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin said the man they were searching for and the student had "a previous relationship."

Last month, an ex-convict pleaded guilty to killing a University of Utah student from China using a gun stolen after another slaying. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He and his wife were charged with hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of Chenwei Guo, whose parents live in Beijing and were devastated over the death of their only son at age 23.

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A University of Utah shooting suspect has been found dead after allegedly shooting a female student on campus just before 10 p.m. Monday, KUTV reported.
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