Dear Campus Community:
We are gratified to report that Austin J. Boutain has been apprehended and is now in custody.
He was spotted by an observant citizen — a librarian — at Salt Lake City’s Main Library, who notified library security. Security officers made contact with the suspect. Boutain was cooperative and immediately taken into custody by Salt Lake City Police, who handed him over to us.
Boutain has been brought to the University of Utah Police Department for questioning and processing. Later today, he will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on multiple charges. Officers from the City of Golden (Colorado) Police Department are en route to Utah as Boutain is also a person of interest in a homicide in that city.
We appreciate the full support from local law enforcement, who worked through the night to help search for Boutain, following the tragic, senseless shooting of our student ChenWei Guo. We have relayed this development to ChenWei’s family and we are doing as much as possible to support them at this terrible time.
— University of Utah Department of Public Safety Chief Dale Brophy