Two people died after a suicide and accidental shooting in Payson Canyon early Saturday morning, according to police.
Ethan Larry Bertrum Timoko, 27, from Orem, apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The round from the gunshot then accidentally struck Nakylee Hope Marvin, 24, of Springville, in the neck. Marvin was critically injured and later died.
Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Maple Bench Campground around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The press release states the caller told dispatchers a man and a woman had been arguing in the area for several hours before the caller heard the woman screaming and heard a gunshot.
Detectives investigating discovered that Timoko had been arguing with Marvin while seated in a vehicle. Marvin was outside the vehicle. While they were arguing, Timoko apparently used a handgun and shot himself in the head. According to the press release, investigators believe the gunshot round left the vehicle and struck Marvin in the neck, apparently by accident. Timoko’s injury was immediately fatal, while Marvin was critically injured. Medical responders were unable to save Marvin.
Timoko and Marvin were camping with another man, who made the 911 call, and two children, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl. The press release states the 3-year-old is the daughter of Marvin and the man who called 911; the 5-year-old is the daughter of Timoko and Marvin.
Both the caller and the children were unharmed.