A woman who called the police after being shot twice remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday while police explored charges against her ex-husband.
Tanya Copier, 40, 556 W. Murray Blvd., called the police from her apartment just before 10 a.m. Thursday and said she had been shot. Officers forced their way into the apartment and found the victim on the floor in the kitchen area, police Lt. Dee Rowland said."She was able to talk to medical people at the scene a little bit," Rowland said. Police got enough information about the shooting to initiate a search for a suspect, with the search being focused in the Alpine area.
Alpine police received a call from Murray police around 10:30 a.m., advising them of the shooting and that the suspect had relatives in Highland. Alpine Police Chief Dan Jones and Officer Steve Guibord were checking an address for the suspect when Utah County dispatchers received a 911 call from the victim's sister, who lives in Highland.
The victim's sister told dispatchers the suspect had called her from American Fork and was on his way to her house in the area of 6000 West and 10600 North. She was advised to leave her home and wait for Alpine officers outside in her car. When Guibord arrived, he accompanied the woman into her home while Jones waited outside and pursued the suspect when he drove by, police said.
Eldon Copier, 33, was arrested by Alpine police about noon. He was taken to the Murray police department, then later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of "attempted criminal homicide."
The victim suffered two gunshot wounds, one in the upper torso and one in the lower torso, Rowland said. She was taken to Cottonwood Hospital and then flown by helicopter to LDS Hospital.