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Utah man arrested for investigation of murder in shooting death of woman

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Michael Taylor Robinson

Michael Taylor Robinson

Utah County Jail

PROVO — Provo police have arrested a man for investigation of murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Taylor Robinson, 27, of Provo, was booked into the Utah County Jail Tuesday night in connection with the death of 27-year-old Freya Larsen.

According to probable cause affidavit filed in 4th District Court, Robinson and Larsen got into an altercation at an apartment in the 300 block of Center Street in Provo on Tuesday.

"The two of them were in the living room at the apartment of the victim. Michael pulled out a gun that he owned and was carrying at the time," the report states. "He pointed the gun at the victim as she stood near the front door and pulled the trigger. Michael shot the victim one time in the head on the right side."

Robinson called 911 after allegedly shooting Larsen. During the call, he made a statement that "she scared him and he shot her. He also stated that they were fighting and she told him she was going to kill him and she was mad at him. He also made the statement later that he shot her but it was an accident," according to the report.

Larsen was taken to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Her family members told police that she and Robinson had a history of violence, the report states.

Investigators searched the apartment and found two other guns in addition to the one used in the shooting, but those weapons were either "packed away or unloaded," the report states.

"The gun that was used was loaded and Michael also had two additional loaded magazines including an extended magazine that holds several additional bullets," according to the report.

Family members told detectives that the couple was involved in another domestic violence incident on April 21, during which Robinson held the same gun to Larsen's head, the report states. But she was preparing to move to Chicago and did not immediately report the incident to police.

The family also contended that Robinson pushed Larsen out of a car during another altercation two days earlier, according to the report. Investigators noted that the woman had "several large bruises including one that went across the back of her calf."

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA's Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.