Category: domestic violence

Man shot by passerby intervening in domestic dispute in Provo has died

PROVO, Utah — A man who was shot by a bystander who intervened in a domestic dispute has died, Provo Police said Tuesday.

Sgt. Nisha King, Provo Police, confirmed Tuesday morning the man who was critically injured in Monday night’s shooting has died.

He has been identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Sorensen.

King said police were dispatched to apartments near 500 North and 200 East around 8 p.m. Monday on a report  a man had been shot.

Police arrived and found Sorensen with gunshot wounds, and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Investigators learned Sorensen had been involved in a “domestic disturbance” and that another man had spotted him on the ground fighting with a woman in a driveway.

King said Sorensen and an 18-year-old woman were on the ground “physically fighting” when the passerby stopped to confront Sorensen.

“The un-involved male pulled up, got out, there was some sort of verbal exchange between he and the male, and he produced a firearm and shot an unknown number of rounds at the male involved in the domestic,” King said.

King later said the passerby tried to speak with the man and then gave several warnings, but got no response from Sorensen before firing his weapon.

The woman from the initial incident was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. Specific details about her injuries were not immediately available.

All people involved are cooperating with police, who are investigating to determine what happened and how to move forward.

The County Attorney’s office will determine if charged will be filed.

King said it can be difficult to know when to intervene in a situation, but she said you should always begin by calling 911.

“I can’t say this is how you should respond or you shouldn’t respond because each situation is so different,” King said.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Man shot during ‘altercation’ with Weber County deputies responding to shots fired call

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man was shot several times after authorities say he got into an altercation with two deputies responding to reports of shots fired in West Haven.

Lt. Matt Jensen with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began around 11:45 p.m. Sunday with two separate reports of shots fired in connection with a domestic violence incident.

Roy Police responded initially to investigate and learned a man believed to be armed had left that scene.

Jensen said SWAT was called out, but as they were arriving two Weber County deputies found the man near 4000 South and 4500 West.

Jensen said the two got out of the patrol vehicle to talk to the man and: “A confrontation occurred and shots were fired.”

The man was hit multiple times. He was taken to a hospital and specific details about his condition were not immediately available.

The deputies were not harmed.

The identities of the parties involved have not been released.

The woman involved in the initial incident was not harmed.

Both deputies have been placed on leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved critical incident. The Weber County Attorney’s Office will investigate the incident.

Deputies are issued body cameras in Weber County, but it’s not clear if they were recording during the shooting.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Police identify man shot by Weber County deputies

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man was shot several times after authorities say he got into an altercation with two deputies responding to reports of shots fired in West Haven.

Police have identified him as 37-year-old Justin Jessop of West Haven.

Lt. Matt Jensen with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began around 11:45 p.m. Sunday with two separate reports of shots fired in connection with a domestic violence incident.

Roy Police responded initially to investigate and learned a man believed to be armed had left that scene.

Jensen said SWAT was called out, but as they were arriving two Weber County deputies found Jessop on foot near 4000 South and 4500 West around 3 a.m.

A press release states that when the deputies got out of their vehicle to speak to Jessop, he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputies—who fired at him.

Jessop was hit multiple times. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The deputies were not harmed.

The man’s girlfriend, who was involved in the initial incident, was not harmed.

Both deputies have been placed on leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved critical incident. The Weber County Attorney’s Office will investigate the incident.

Deputies are issued body cameras in Weber County, but it’s not clear if they were recording during the shooting.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Man booked for suspicion of murder after woman shot in Provo

PROVO, Utah — A 27-year-old woman died after being shot in a Provo home Tuesday, and a man has been booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

Wednesday morning police said 27-year-old Michael Robinson of Provo has been booked into the Utah County Jail on a charge of suspicion of murder.

The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Freya Larsen.

Provo Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nisha King said the shooting happened just after 4 p.m. at a home in the 300 East block of Center Street.

King said the woman suffered a single gunshot wound to her head. Robinson told police he pulled out the gun during an argument, that he felt threatened and that he didn’t mean to shoot her.

She was taken to Utah Valley Hospital, where she died.

Booking documents indicate this is at least the third incident of domestic violence involving the suspect and victim.

A PC statement indicates Robinson held a gun to Larsen’s head during an argument in April, and last week he allegedly pushed her out out of a moving vehicle, causing bruising.

The victim did not file a report after the first incident but family said she planned to do so after moving out of state.

The document indicates that Robinson was taken to the Provo Police Department after the incident in the vehicle.

“Michael requested to speak to a lawyer so no further questions were asked,” the document states of that encounter with police.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Police: Utah man booked for child abuse, domestic violence after theft of pain pill leads to assault

PAYSON, Utah — A man has been booked on charges of child abuse and domestic violence for an assault police said occurred after the man stole and snorted a pain pill prescribed to his stepson.

Kenneth Monroe Allbee, 35 of Payson, was booked on three counts of domestic violence in the presence of child, two counts of child abuse and one count each of assault and criminal mischief.

Police responded to the man’s home Monday on report of an assault. After speaking with Allbee and family members police determined an argument had broken out over a prescription pain pill.

When Allbee was confronted about stealing the pill from a stepson, witnesses said he stole his wife’s keys and bank cards and tried to leave. The woman told police that in the past Allbee had taken her cards and spent all her money, preventing her from providing for her children. She also said she was worried he might harm someone while driving under the influence.

The woman and her children attempted to stop him from leaving with those items, and a PC statement indicates Allbee assaulted two teen girls while trying to leave, and also attacked their 16-year-old brother when he tried to defend his sisters.

The siblings and their mother were able to recover the cards and keys, and the mother and son suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

The woman told police Allbee is her sole means of support and that she would like to leave him but doesn’t have the resources to do so. She also said he took control of her finances, including child support and disability payments. Police contacted a victim’s advocate to respond and assist the woman.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Actor Rick Schroder arrested for domestic violence for second time in a month

Rick Schroder has gone from TV detective to alleged serial assaulter.

The actor who formerly appeared on NYPD Blue and Silver Spoons was arrested on a charge of felony domestic violence early Wednesday after police responded to a call at his Los Angeles home, according to a report from TMZ, which notes Schroder was arrested on the same charge on April 2 after allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face.

The girlfriend refused medical treatment at the scene shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Schroder, who was released from custody last month after posting bail, remained in custody Wednesday morning with bail set at $50,000, per TMZ.

Just two months ago, his 22-year-old daughter, Cambrie, opened up about a strained relationship with her father, describing “days and weeks” when she couldn’t get out of bed as a child, per Yahoo.

“From my experience, a lot of actors need a lot of attention, and so I felt like my emotional needs growing up were not fully understood or met,” she said. (Read more arrest stories.)

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Police say Provo man booked for attempted murder choked girlfriend, threw her down stairs

PROVO, Utah — A Provo man has been booked on charges of assault, kidnapping and attempted murder—all with enhancements for domestic violence.

Booking records indicate Luke John Battiloro was arrested for an incident at a home in Provo on Monday.

Police state the man’s girlfriend had sent a relative a text and photos  thsat indicated her boyfriend had thrown her down the stairs and otherwise abused her.

The woman also told the relative Battiloro would not let her leave her room.

Officers responded to the home and observed a juvenile female inside, but later learned her father, Battiloro, had ordered her not to answer the door.

Police ultimately entered the residence and the victim was found to have numerous injuries. She told police the man had gotten angry with her and thrown her against a wall, putting two large holes in the sheet rock.

She said he also choked her and then threw her down the stairs leading to the basement. The woman said she lost consciousness during the attack.

At one point police had contacted the victim by phone, but she lied to officers about her location as the suspect sat next to her and ordered her to do so. The woman also told police the man had faked a heart attack and used other means of manipulation to control her behavior.

Battiloro was booked into jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and criminal mischief. All four charges carry enhancements for domestic violence.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Wisconsin mother released from jail after being held in contempt longer than legal limit

RACINE COUNTY, Wis.  – A Wisconsin mother held for nine months in a Racine County jail is back with her 10-year-old son after reporters pointed out to the judge that there is a limit on how long a person can be held for contempt of court.

A New Jersey judge said Sarah Sheppard is a victim of domestic violence, but a Wisconsin judge held her in jail for contempt of court after she refused to bring her son Daniel back to the boy’s father.

Sarah and Daniel had an emotional reunion after Sarah’s release on April 25th. After not seeing Sarah for three-quarters of a year, he came home from school to find his mother waiting for him.

Sheppard had not seen her son since July 2018, when a Racine County judge jailed her for refusing to return Daniel, who has autism, to his father.

“I will sit here as long as it takes to make sure he is not hurt ever again,” she said.

Daniel’s father, Joesph Sheppard took issue with her decision. He said Sarah made up the allegations to keep Daniel away from him.

“This is kidnapping,” he said in an interview.

While visiting family in New Jersey in 2015, Sarah told police her husband had been abusing her for years. A New Jersey judge issued a domestic violence restraining order.

The state of Wisconsin said there was not enough evidence for the order and demanded Sarah bring Daniel back to the Badger State. Sarah, from jail, said she had no intention of doing so.

“This is exactly what women do,” Joseph said.

Sarah sat in jail without an attorney until a WITI reporter asked a Racine County judge how long someone could be held in jail for contempt. As it turned out, the maximum is six months, and Sarah had already been behind bars for nine.

Hours later, Sarah was released.

“So they gave me like, a hideous gray sweatsuit to put on. I just didn’t care. It was clothes that were not orange,” said Sarah. “I’m so glad that this is just over, and I can go home and I can see my son again and I can hug him for the first time in nine months.”

In less than 24 hours, she was back in New Jersey, holding her son.

“You’re as tall as I am! What happened?! Where did my little boy go?” she said.

It was the second time she had to wait nine months to hold him, but the first since he was born.

While Sarah is out of jail, it’s unclear whether the order to return Daniel to Wisconsin remains in effect. There are no hearings scheduled in the case, and both New Jersey and Wisconsin say they have jurisdiction over the child.

The boy’s father said he plans to take the case to federal court.