Washington County police have arrested a man who allegedly shot and killed his wife in his home in Ivins, according to police.
Officers responded to reports of a gunshot Friday and found a victim who had sustained several gunshot wounds. The victim was declared dead at the scene.
Court documents show that the first person who reported the incident to the police said that Smith had “shot his wife after being told that she was leaving him.”
A witness reported hearing the shots and entered into the house to find the victim unresponsive and the suspect walking into another room. The witness saw a handgun that belonged to the suspect with the slide locked back sitting on the cabinet.
The witness fought with the suspect, during which he stated that “I’m done, I have nothing else.”
The suspect told police in a voluntary interview that he was angry with the victim. He admitted to leaving the residence to withdraw a large sum of money, but provided no reason for taking it out. He told anyone who was not family to leave the residence.
When the officers arrived, the suspect claimed he didn’t remember what happened between the time he told the non-family members to leave and the officers arrived on scene. Officers found the cash in his bedroom.
Police found the firearm hidden in a closet in the suspect’s bedroom. The grip had blood on it.
Officers booked the suspect into Washington County jail on investigation of murder.
Editor’s note: Those who are experiencing intimate partner violence, or know someone who is, are urged to call the Utah Domestic Violence Link Line, 1-800-897-LINK (5465), or the Utah Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Line, 1-888-421-1100. For emergencies, call 911.