Suspect in Utah shooting found in Idaho after 2 days of manhunt

This undated photo booking by the Idaho State Police shows Jonathan Llana, 45. A search was underway Thursday 23 May 2019 in the south of Idaho for Llana, suspected of shooting and killing a driver in a car on a Utah highway, Idaho State Police said in a statement. (Idaho State Police via AP)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho police captured a man Friday afternoon accused of shooting and killing a motorist in northern Utah earlier this week after a two-day manhunt.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Jonathan Llana approximately 3:15 p.m. in a field in southern Idaho outside of Pocatello, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from where the suspect crashed his car into a canal Wednesday night after a police chase, according to press releases from the Idaho State Police and the Utah Highway Patrol. LLana had broken into a house in the area and stolen an all-terrain vehicle, ” she said. No officers or residents were injured.

The Los Angeles man is charged with murder and attempted murder, in connection with the Wednesday evening shooting that killed Dennis Gwyther, 50, Salt Lake City and injured Gwyther the passenger.

The victim of the man, Matt Gwyther, said in a statement that he wants “swift justice” for the defendant and celebrated Llana ‘ s arrest on his Facebook account .

Matt Gwyther said in a Facebook post that he and Dennis Gwyther married on Dec. 10, 2013, the day of the same-sex marriage was legalized in Utah. He said Dennis Gwyther was the love of his life” who enjoyed the bonus “dad” to his two teenage children and enjoyed the fun and laughter.

He said Dennis Gwyther loved joking around and playing jokes and was a ‘ child in an adult body.” He said that he loved gadgets and was a genius with technology, loved to write and did the sound and lighting for the clubs in Salt Lake City.

Dennis Gwyther was also a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights, his wife said.

Utah officials said the two victims were on their way to Idaho on Interstate 84 in northern Utah when the suspect fired multiple rounds at their vehicle. Idaho troopers chased Llana the vehicle until it crashed into a canal in the south of Idaho. Llana then fled on foot, police said.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said.

Gwyther worked as a flight attendant for SkyWest Airlines, company spokesman Wes Horrocks said. The company is shocked and saddened by the deaths, Horrocks said.


McCombs reported from Salt Lake City.

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