Utahn shoots ex-wife and kills her boyfriend, then takes own life in stranger’s house, police say

West Valley police officers investigate a fatal shooting at a home located at 3625 S. Deann Drive on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley police say a man shot and killed his ex-wife’s boyfriend Friday morning, seriously injured her, and then took his own life in a stranger’s house 3 miles away.

A woman called 911 about 6:20 a.m. reporting that she and her boyfriend, Nathan Edgar Brower, had been shot by her ex-husband, 40-year-old Jeremy Reed Harris, according to police.

Officers responded to 3625 S. Deann Drive (6300 West) where a man was found deceased in the front yard and the woman, who was shot multiple times, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, according to police. The name of the woman, who was expected to recover, was not immediately released.

The home belonged to the Brower, police said.

Two children, ages 5 and 10, were in the home at the time of the shootings. The children’s parents are the woman and ex-husband, said West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku.

About 7:30 a.m., a man living at 3844 W. Hawkeye Drive (3800 South) called police reporting that he had found a man in his shower, Vainuku said. The man appeared to be sleeping at the bottom of the shower. The house is about 3 1⁄2 miles from where the boyfriend was shot and killed.

Vainuku did not know if the man, who police believe was Harris, was deceased at the time he was discovered by the homeowner. Detectives believe the ex-husband randomly entered the house after finding an unlocked door. Vainuku said there is no connection between him and that house.

A SWAT team surrounded the house. Police used tear gas to try and get the ex-husband to come out and then sent a robot inside, she said. The robot was able to confirm Harris died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His car was found near the house, she said.

The woman had a secured a protective order against her ex-husband in October, court records show. It’s the same month he pleaded guilty in a different case in West Jordan’s 3rd District Court.

In exchange for his October guilty plea to trespassing, a class A misdemeanor, prosecutors agreed to drop remaining counts of assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child, court records show.

Harris admitted he “committed an act that created a substantial risk of bodily injury to another by use of unlawful force or fear,” court records say. Judge William Kendall sentenced him to a year of probation and no contact with the victim, as well as 25 hours of community service and any recommended treatment following a domestic violence evaluation.

Harris was scheduled to appear in court next week in Tooele in a different case. He entered a plea in abeyance in June to reckless endangerment, a class B misdemeanor, after police said he caused a risk of death or injury to another person. A second count of intoxication was dismissed.

A plea in abeyance allows a person to have a charge dismissed if they abide by conditions set by a judge for a certain period of time.

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