MAGNA — Unified police shot and injured a person late Thursday who they're calling a "prime suspect" in the killing of a Magna mother of two.
The shooting occurred at 10:10 p.m. at 10254 S. Temple View Lane (approximately 2400 West) in South Jordan.
Unified police investigators developed information Thursday that led them to a "prime suspect" in the killing of Natalia Casagrande, 24, who was found dead in the basement of her Magna home Tuesday night.
As officers went to the South Jordan home to speak with the suspect, the incident turned into a police shooting, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell. He declined, however, to provide details about the circumstances that led to the shooting, including whether the person who was shot fired at officers.
Police also would not say late Thursday whether the suspect who was shot is a man or a woman. The person, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition, was only described as an adult.
No other injuries were reported. Bell said police would likely release additional details Friday morning.
Earlier Thursday, Bell said detectives were investigating "several leads" in the homicide.
Casagrande's husband found her dead in their home about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Casagrande's daughters, ages 5 years and 18 months, were inside the home at the time.
There is no evidence of forced entry at the home, 7715 W. Jefferson Road (3685 South), Bell said. Nothing immediately appeared to have been taken from the home, but he said investigators hadn't yet conducted a thorough inventory of "exactly what is or isn’t missing."
Casagrande's husband reported in a 911 call that he came home from work after she stopped returning his texts and found her in "a pool of blood."
"(Police) don't consider him to be a person of interest or suspect at all," Bell said. "We’ve verified that he was at work."
Casagrande's injuries showed obvious trauma and were not accidental or self-inflicted, a preliminary autopsy revealed. The lieutenant, however, declined to say where on her body she was wounded or whether she was shot.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a white car at the home about an hour before Casagrande's body was discovered, according to police. The car's windows were tinted and had a temporary paper license plate.
Detectives had not interviewed the 5-year-old daughter late Thursday. Bell did not know if she witnessed her mother's death.
"When we do end up interviewing her, we’ve got detectives that are specifically trained to (interview young children)," he said.
At a vigil for Casagrande in front of her home Thursday night, more than 100 mourners lit candles and played music as friends and family consoled her husband.
"We’re holding this to remember the soul she was — the beautiful soul," said Elizabeth Arceo, Casagrande's sister-in-law. "She really was an amazing person. She was loved by so many. She was an awesome mother."
Arceo said she didn't want to dwell on who might have killed Casagrande.
"We’re just trying to focus on her. That’s what’s important," she said.
Casagrande's loved ones are in turmoil, according to Arceo.
"It feels like 48 hours of complete misery," she said.
Others said they were in denial about what happened to their friend.
"I feel like it’s some kind of TV show," said Itzy, a family friend who declined to give her last name.
Itzy said she would go to the lake with Casagrande and her family.
"She always had her whole family together for anything," she said. "If you got to know her, you got to love her."
Family friend Javier Montes said Casagrande was "outgoing" and "lively."
"She was a beautiful person, a person who was expanding her horizons," he said.
Montes said he has had a hard time processing Casagrande's sudden death because someone deliberately took her life.
"It’s not a good situation," Montes said. "For somebody to be murdered, that’s a whole different subject (than someone simply dying young)."
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Unified police at 801-743-7000.
Contributing: Ashley Stilson