Fatal stabbing, possible murder-suicide cap off violent weekend for police

Homicide caps off violent weekend in Salt Lake County

Published: Monday, Nov. 5 2012 7:00 a.m. MST

"They brought the neighborhood together, always having parties and stuff. They were just fun people to be around," said neighbor Skylee Rogers. "It's just heartbreaking."

• Danielle Willard, 21, was shot and killed by undercover West Valley police officers conducting an investigation Friday afternoon. Police have declined to release details about the shooting or the circumstances that led to it. Willard's family said she had a heroin addiction, but the family has questions about what prompted officers to fire.

• Joshua Pratt Hooper, 24, was accidentally shot and killed Saturday in Manning Canyon in the Oquirrh Mountains in west Utah County. Hooper was target shooting with family members when the accident happened. Police have not released details, saying only that "a person who was preparing to take a shot had an 'unexpected incident' and accidentally shot one of the other members of the group."

• Bhutari Bhattarai, 39, of South Salt Lake, was hit and killed by a car while crossing 300 East at 2763 South on Saturday night.

• Ann Marie Jensen, 43, was found dead of a gunshot wound in her apartment, 2389 S. 300 East, in South Salt Lake early Sunday. An autopsy determined that she was shot "more than once in the upper body," said police spokesman Gary Keller.

The case was being treated as a homicide. Police had no leads on a suspect or motive.

• Travis Lorenzo Heath, 30, was arrested Sunday morning for investigation of attempted murder, aggravated assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child after West Jordan police say he choked and then stabbed his wife during an argument at their home near 9100 South and 4800 West.

Police say he choked the woman to the point where she couldn't breathe and then threatened her with a knife. She was treated at the hospital for superficial, defensive-type stab wounds. The couple's three children were in the home during the incident.

• A 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were shot Sunday while sitting in a vehicle parked behind a closed coffee shop near 602 E. 2100 South. They went to a nearby gas station seeking help. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The search for the alleged shooter or shooters continued Monday.

Contributing: Mike Anderson

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com

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