Son booked for attempted murder of father after police respond to Holladay home

Posted at 2:26 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-02 00:35:41-04

HOLLADAY, Utah -- A 53-year-old man is in critical condition after authorities responded to a suspicious medical call at a home in Holladay Saturday morning, and the man's son was booked into jail for attempted murder.

Unified police responded to the call at about 7:30 a.m. While en route, the caller, identified as a family member, made statements to UPD Dispatch that indicated the caller may be involved in the incident, which was described as an attempted suicide, according to a press release from Unified police.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim in critical condition with a noose tied around his neck, and he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Later Saturday, police stated that 24-year-old Shane Wright has been booked into jail on attempted murder charges for allegedly attempting to strangle his father, who is identified as 53-year-old Bryan Wright.

According to a statement of probable cause, Shane Wright told arriving officers: "It's gruesome, I helped my dad kill himself." He later told detectives he needed to aid in his dad's death in order to help his dad through all his pain.

"It's a shock," said Brent Vantussenbroek, who lives next door. "There was no signs of anything."

Another neighbor, Anna Patten, said she grew up next to the family and was surprised as well.

"He was just the sweetest and friendliest kid ever," she said. "I can't imagine this at all."

Friends and neighbors wait for an update. As of Saturday night, they're told Bryan Wright remains in critical condition.

"He's such a wonderful man," Patten added. "He's in very critical conditional, and he will be lucky if he makes it through the night."