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Police: 2 dead after suicide, accidental shooting in Payson Canyon

PAYSON, Utah — A man and woman died after a shooting in Payson Canyon early Saturday morning.

It appeared that the incident was a suicide and accidental shooting, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers responded to calls of a shooting at approximately 12:30 a.m. The person who called 911 told police that the man and woman were camping together and had been arguing for several hours before the shot was fired.

Police later said it appeared the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot which then hit the woman’s neck.

The woman was critically injured. Payson Fire and Rescue, as well as AirMed personnel, responded but were unable to save the woman. Police believe her death was accidental.

The incident occurred about six miles up the canyon between Maple Lake and Maple Bench campground.

Others camping with the man and woman were not physically injured.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Utahns can also visit Hope4Utah and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional resources. You can also download the SafeUT app for instant, confidential crisis services.

Police: 2 people dead after shooting in Payson

PAYSON, Utah – Two people have died after a shooting that occurred in Payson Canyon Saturday morning.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to calls of gunshots at approximately 12:30 a.m.

The incident occurred about six miles up the canyon between Maple Lake and Maple Bench campground.

Officers said two adults, a man and a woman, were found dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office has not confirmed why the incident happened, but are investigating.

They said there is no credible threat to the community at this time.

Woman killed after car hits horse on SR 198 in Payson

PAYSON, Utah — A woman was killed Saturday night in Payson after the car she was in collided with a horse.

A horse escaped its enclosure and ran onto State Route 198, where it was hit.

A woman in her 60s riding as a passenger was killed. The male driver suffered serious injuries. The parties involved have not been identified.

Shari Tryfonas was relaxing after dinner with her friends in Payson when she heard the clomp of horses’ hooves.

“’The horses got out!’” Tryfonas said she exclaimed. “Within a second, I peeked my head out and it was a crash.”

Running to the car, Tryfonas found a woman not breathing in the passenger seat. She tried to resuscitate her and called 911. 

“It really shook me, and everyone was visibly shaken,” Tryfonas said.

Watching as the husband took his seat belt off, Tryfonas said he leaned over to the woman — who police said was his wife — and kissed her on the forehead, saying goodbye.

“He knew she was gone,” she said.

Red Devil, the 10-year-old horse Tryfonas said she was riding hours before the accident, was killed too. 

“It’s just tragic, all the way around,” she said. 

Woman killed after car collides with horse in Payson

PAYSON, Utah — A woman was killed Saturday night in Payson after the car she was in collided with a horse.

A horse escaped its enclosure and ran onto state route 198, where it was hit. Police have not released the name of the woman but said she is in her 60s. She was the passenger in the vehicle; the male driver suffered serious injuries, police say.

Shari Tryfonas was relaxing after dinner with her friends in Payson when she heard the clomp of horses’ hooves.

“’The horses got out!’” Tryfonas said she exclaimed. “Within a second, I peeked my head out and it was a crash.”

Running to the car, Tryfonas found a woman not breathing in the passenger seat. She tried to resuscitate her and called 911. 

“It really shook me, and everyone was visibly shaken,” Tryfonas said.

Watching as the husband took his seatbelt off, Tryfonas said he leaned over to the woman — who police said was his wife — and kissed her on the forehead, saying goodbye.

“He knew she was gone,” she said.

Red Devil, the 10-year-old horse Tryfonas said she was riding hours before the accident, was killed too. 

“It’s just tragic, all the way around,” she said. 

Female passenger killed in car-horse collision

PAYSON, Utah — A woman was killed Saturday night in Payson after the car she was in collided with a horse.

A horse escaped its enclosure and ran onto state route 198, where it was hit. Police have not released the name of the woman but said she is in her 60s. She was the passenger in the vehicle; the male driver suffered serious injuries, police say.

Shari Tryfonas was relaxing after dinner with her friends in Payson when she heard the clomp of horses’ hooves.

“’The horses got out!’” Tryfonas said she exclaimed. “Within a second, I peeked my head out and it was a crash.”

Running to the car, Tryfonas found a woman not breathing in the passenger seat. She tried to resuscitate her and called 911. 

“It really shook me, and everyone was visibly shaken,” Tryfonas said.

Watching as the husband took his seatbelt off, Tryfonas said he leaned over to the woman — who police said was his wife — and kissed her on the forehead, saying goodbye.

“He knew she was gone,” she said.

Red Devil, the 10-year-old horse Tryfonas said she was riding hours before the accident, was killed too. 

“It’s just tragic, all the way around,” she said. 

Payson lifts boil order after test results come back clean

PAYSON, Utah – The city of Payson announced it has lifted the boil order Saturday afternoon after water samples came back clean.

According to a Facebook post by Payson Fire Rescue, the water samples taken for testing came back safe for consumption and drinking.

The boil order was issued after a water main break Thursday morning that affected homes between 400 North to 900 North and 300 East to 750 East.

Payson City issues boil order after earlier water main break

PAYSON, Utah – Payson Fire and Rescue said residents that went without water due to a water main break earlier Thursday will need to boil water until further notice.

Homes between 400 North to 900 North and 300 East to 750 East are affected by the boil order.

The department’s Facebook post said Payson City Water is working to resolve the problem and any questions can be directed to the water department at 801-465-5217.