MURRAY — Police have arrested a 31-year-old Murray man suspected of shooting his girlfriend two hours after police responded to a domestic violence call at the home where the couple lived.
Ryan Randy Robinson is accused of killing Shantelle Reid, 25, on April 9 in the home the couple shared with his parents in the suburb south of Salt Lake City. The shooting happened shortly after neighbors reported that Robinson attacked Reid in the street but police couldn’t find any proof of physical abuse or immediate threats.
While police have maintained they followed procedure, Reid’s father said his daughter lived in such fear of Robinson that she left her 3-year-old son with her grandmother instead of taking him to live with Robinson.
Wallace Reid said Wednesday police should have at least made sure his daughter was safe before leaving the couple in the same home.
"If they (police) would’ve separated them for 24 hours, this would’ve never happened," Wallace Reid said. "She was scared to death of him."
Murray police had responded to the Robinson home nine times prior to April 9, detective Jeff Maglish said after the shooting. Those were reportedly not domestic violence calls and only one involved a verbal dispute between Robinson and his father.
A records request for the reports on those calls has been submitted by The Associated Press and other media outlets but is still being reviewed. A response is required by Monday.
Robinson was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on Tuesday after being released from an area hospital, where he was recovering from being shot by a police officer.
When police confronted Robinson outside of the home, he put a gun to his chin before fleeing into a nearby church parking lot, according to a probable cause statement filed with the jail.
The statement said he then pointed the gun at the officer who shot him.
The officer is on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed. The department also is looking at whether there was anything more that officers could have done during the initial visit.
Generally, officers responding to a report of domestic violence will interview those involved separately. They also will check for outstanding warrants, gun ownership and previous history at the residence.
There also was no indication that Robinson owned a gun, Maglish said.
Robinson has been convicted of felonies in Salt Lake and Duchesne counties for drug possession and theft, although the most recent conviction was in 2002.