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Provo Police release identity of man arrested in connection to fatal shooting

By Kurt Hanson And Ashley Stilson daily Herald - | May 8, 2019
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Michael Robinson

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Police respond to a shooting that took place at a multi-family residence Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 370 E. Center St. in Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Caution tape contains the scene of a shooting that took place at a multi-family residence Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 370 E. Center St. in Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Officials talk among themselves as police respond to a shooting that took place at a multi-family residence Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 370 E. Center St. in Provo. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Provo police reported that a man has been booked into Utah County Jail in connection with the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old woman.

Michael Robinson, 27, was booked into Utah County Jail late Tuesday evening. Police released his identity via social media on Wednesday.

According to a probable cause report, Robinson and Freya Larsen were arguing in the living room of Larsen’s apartment around 4 p.m. on Tuesday at a multi-family residence at 370 E. Center St.

As Larsen stood by the front door of the home, Robinson pulled out a .380 black handgun he was carrying and shot the woman in the side of the head, police reported.

Robinson called 911 and stated “she scared him and he shot her,” the probable cause report stated.

“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,” police reported.

Larsen was transported to Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition with a single gunshot wound on the right side of her head. She died later that evening.

Family members told investigators that Robinson and Larsen had argued on April 21 and Robinson had reportedly pulled the same handgun and held the weapon to the woman’s head.

The woman planned on reporting the incident after she moved to Chicago, according to the probable cause statement.

Police also learned that two days before the shooting, Robinson pushed Larsen out of a vehicle and the woman had several large bruises, including one across the back of her calf.

Robinson was interviewed by detectives about the incident and requested to speak to a lawyer, police reported.

Investigators searched the home following the shooting and determined the only accessible weapon in the building was the handgun Robinson was carrying. Two other firearms were found in a gun case and holster and packed away in a moving box.

Police said Robinson had two additional loaded magazines, including an extended magazine, for the handgun.

Robinson has no previous criminal history in the state of Utah. He and Larsen were the only people in the residence at the time of the shooting.

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