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Suspect identified in West Jordan double homicide

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 00:59:40-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police have identified a suspect in a home invasion and shooting that left Tony and Katherine Butterfield dead Saturday morning.

West Jordan Police say 31-year-old Albert Enoch Johnson is wanted for questioning in the double homicide investigation.

Johnson and the couple did know each other, West Jordan Police Sgt. J.C. Holt said Monday afternoon in a press conference. How they knew each other or what any possible motive would have been were not released.

Police do not believe it was a random act -- they say it was likely targeted and isolated. Holt also said Johnson is believed to be the only suspect.

Johnson drives a dark gray 2008 Toyota Corolla with black wheels, Utah license plate number V46 4MW. Police say he lives in the West Jordan area.

Based on evidence from the scene, police believe Johnson may have knife wounds from an altercation during the home invasion, most likely on his arms or legs.

Holt said the Butterfields are "absolute, true victims" with no criminal activity on their part. He added that Johnson does have a criminal history.

Holt also gave more information on the crime scene — Katherine Butterfield was found dead just inside the front door, and Tony Butterfield was found dead in the back yard, both from gunshot wounds.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help provide for the couple's three young children, who were found by police inside the home but were unharmed.