University of Utah homicide suspect found dead in Salt Lake City


    Melvin Rowland, the suspect in a fatal shooting at the University of Utah on Monday, October 22, 2018, was found dead in Trinity AME Church near 600 South 200 East in Salt Lake City early Tuesday, October 23, 2018. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) — Police tracked down the man suspected of shooting and killing a University of Utah student on Monday night.

    Melvin Rowland was identified as the man police say shot a female student on campus just before 10 p.m. Monday. That student has yet to be identified.

    Melvin Rowland, 37, was identified as the suspect in a homicide at the University of Utah campus on Monday, October 22, 2018. (Photo via Utah Sex Offender Registry)

    Rowland was spotted in the area of 600 South 200 East in Salt Lake City at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police followed Rowland into a church near that location, where he was found dead.

    Police followed a shooting suspect to Trinity AME church in Salt Lake City, where it is believed he was found with a gunshot wound. (Photo via Google Maps)

    Soon after, the University of Utah tweeted that Rowland had been located and was "no longer a threat."

    Police said they had reason to believe Rowland and the victim knew each other, but it was not immediately clear from police what circumstances may have led up to the shooting.

    2News first heard reports of the incident as a possible kidnapping and shots fired call just before 10 p.m. on Monday.

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