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  • 19 January 2014, 12:58

Utah Murder-Suicide Includes Two Britons

A police officer in Utah shot dead four members of his family, including his wife and mother-in-law who came from the UK, before turning the gun on himself, authorities say.

The bodies were discovered by police when they went to check on 34-year-old Joshua Boren after he failed to show up for work as a patrol officer.

Through a door and window of the property in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, officers noticed blood and bullet casings.

In an upstairs bedroom, they found Boren's 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King.

In another room they found Boren, his wife Kelly, and their two young children, seven-year-old Jaden and five-year-old Haley.

All the victims had been shot.

Mrs Boren, 32, and her mother were originally from Northampton.

It is understood that the couple had been having marital problems, but colleagues said Boren had appeared upbeat and not distressed prior to the killings.

Officials said no suicide note was found at the home.

Ms King's sister Jeannette Malpas, who lives in Northampton, wrote on Facebook: "Cannot get my head around this and will never understand why someone has to take away lives like this.

"My beautiful sister Marie, her daughter Kelly and Kelly's children ... may you all rest in peace."

Police said Boren had been a deputy sheriff in Utah County for seven years before being hired by the Lindon Police Department last October.

In a Facebook posting, Lindon City said it was "saddened to learn of the tragic events" at the Boden home.

It said: "Lindon City will be working closely with the Spanish Fork Police Department to investigate and hopefully come to an understanding of this tragic occurrence."

The post added: "Officer Boren was selected for hire in October from a field of over 70 highly qualified applicants and had performed admirably as a patrol officer.

"His conduct, behaviour and professionalism were exemplary."

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