Bountiful woman arrested for stabbing, killing boyfriend

Feb 23 2012 - 6:46am

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Flowers are placed outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Shannon Sander
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
A police officer guards the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Flowers are placed outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Shannon Sander
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
A police officer guards the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Outside the scene of a stabbing at an apartment in Bountiful Wednesday, February 22, 2012.(MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)

BOUNTIFUL -- A daylong, off-and-on argument ended late Tuesday night when police say a 43-year-old woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend in his townhome.

Police arrested Shannon Sander and booked her into the Davis County jail Wednesday morning on suspicion of a first-degree felony of homicide. She is being held without bail.

Bountiful Police Lt. Sol Olberg said at approximately 11:10 p.m. Tuesday police were called to the Summer Garden Townhomes, 2520 S. 500 West. When they arrived they found 52-year-old Michael Dunn in his apartment with a stab wound to his torso area.

"Medical personnel were called in and attempted to treat him, but he died in his apartment," Olberg said.

An unidentified neighbor called 911 to report a possible stabbing in Dunn's townhome, police said.

Police also said they believe alcohol may have played a role in the daylong argument.

Olberg said that a short while after arriving at Dunn's townhome, police found Sander, Dunn's girlfriend, walking along 500 West. They took her to the police station and questioned her.

While being interviewed by investigators, she admitted to stabbing Dunn with a kitchen knife after an argument. Police found a knife in the townhome, which they believe was used in the stabbing.

"It is just a regular kitchen knife," Olberg said.

Investigators taped off a section of the parking lot, while they looked in a nearby trash container, which Olberg said was just part of standard procedure.

"It's just to make sure we get as much evidence as we can, to make sure we know exactly what happened," Olberg said.

Residents of the townhomes were shocked Wednesday morning when they awoke to the news that Dunn, their on-site manager, had been fatally stabbed.

"He was a hard worker and was friendly to everybody," said Glen Lambson, 62.

Lambson said he knew Dunn better than anyone in the area. Dunn lived in Lambson's townhome before becoming the on-site manager. Lambson said Dunn was trying to work his way back from some difficult times and did the maintenance around the townhome complex.

"He wasn't violent; he was tame as a pussycat," Lambson said. "But I do know that his girlfriend drank (alcohol) excessively."

Lambson said Dunn and Sander had been together for about eight years.

Melissa, who did not want to give her last name but who lived next door to Dunn, said she did not think Sander lived with Dunn.

"I saw her off and on," Melissa said.

She said police came to her townhome in the middle of the night and asked her if she had heard anything. She said she did not hear anything and was not the neighbor who called 911.

She said Dunn had recently cleaned up yards and repaired fences blown down by the wind.

"When water heaters went down, he took care of that sort of stuff," she said. "He wanted to make sure people had what they needed."

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