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Utah police officer kills his 2 kids, wife, mother-in-law and then himself

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A Utah police officer killed his two children, his wife and his mother-in-law at his home in Spanish Fork. Officers who were on the force with Joshua Boren went to his house after he failed to show up for his night shift and wasn’t reachable by phone. What they found was not something they could have imagined or prepared for.

According to the New York Daily News on Jan. 17, Police looked through a window when no one answered the door and they saw blood and shell casings on the floor. Inside they first came across the body of Boren’s mother-in-law Marie King, 55, in a bedroom and in another bedroom they found Joshua, his wife Kelly, 32, and their two children, Joshua Jaden Boren, 7, and Haley Boren, 5.

The 34-year-old Utah police officer did not leave a suicide note. He shot and killed his family and then turned the gun on himself. The family was found dead at about 11 p.m. on Thursday.

The officers who worked with Boran knew that he was having some marital problems, but he was upbeat and showed no signs that he was in any kind of mental distress. There was nothing that gave his fellow law enforcement officers even a hint that something was wrong.

Police were never called out to the house for any domestic disputes, said Spanish Fork Police Department Lt. Matthew Johnson. The police force is in shock, as there were absolutely no warning signs leading up to this killing.

The shootings are under investigation, which has to be hard for his fellow officers who had to see one of their own and his family shot dead.



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