Two people are dead following a murder-suicide Thursday night outside of the ARUP Laboratories at the University of Utah Research Park. The ARUP building is located on Chipeta Way in the Research Park area of the university.
Officials in Utah state that a husband and wife Salt Lake City were found dead following a murder-suicide shooting. University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy confirmed for local media that Richard Peralta, 25, approached his wife, Katherine Peralta, 23, in the parking lot of the ARUP Laboratories around 5 p.m. on Thursday. Richard Peralta then shot his wife multiple times, killing her, reports Desert News.
After killing his wife Richard Peralta turned the gun on himself. According to Brophy, Peralta was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in “grave condition.” Peralta later died at the hospital, report KUTV.
Brophy states that Katherine Peralta worked at ARUP. Reportedly the couple had been dealing with some serious marital issues. It is believed that the couple had a young son. It is still unknown why Peralta killed his wife.
Brophy said that from what they could tell, a domestic situation occurred between the husband and wife and this was the location he came to confront his wife, and unfortunately, it ended in tragedy when the confrontation ended in gunfire.
The shooting caused several buildings at the University of Utah Research Park to go on lockdown for almost an hour. Brophy added that the shootings is an “isolated incident” and that the entire incident took place in the parking lot. He assured students of the University of Utah that there was no continuing threat to students, workers or the community.
On Thursday evening investigators were seen speaking to witnesses to the shooting. Brophy states that investigators spoke to several of Katherine Peralta’s friends from work who were “very, very shaken up,” reports CBS News.
Officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department were called in to assist University of Utah police at the scene.
Chief Brophy told local media that he was unaware of any prior domestic issues between the couple that needed police intervention. Court records on Richard Peralta showed 26 misdemeanor theft charges that were dismissed after he entered a plea of abeyance back in January of 2011. He had no other criminal history in Utah. Brophy stated that the murder-suicide was the first murder on the University of Utah campus in over ten years.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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