April 4, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SALT LAKE CITY — Tonight, detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad have arrested a 38-year-old man involved in a vehicular homicide at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
This investigation started at 2:39 p.m. on Monday April 4, 2022 when Airport Police Dispatch received information about a traffic crash at 615 North Parking Plaza at the Salt Lake International Airport.
Officers assigned to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Airport Division immediately responded and located 29-year-old Charlotte Sturgeon with critical injuries.
Paramedics transported Sturgeon to the hospital where she died, despite lifesaving efforts being performed on scene at the airport and at the hospital.
During the investigation, SLCPD learned the suspect, Shawn Christopher Sturgeon, while driving an SUV ran over his wife on the second-level of the short-term airport parking garage. This incident occurred shortly after the couple returned to SLC from a vacation.
Shortly after the crash, Sturgeon drove the vehicle, with his wife critically injured inside, to the airport parking payment booths where he asked for help. Officers with SLCPD’s Airport Division contacted Sturgeon before he exited airport property.
Because Sturgeon drove from the garage to the parking payment booths, SLCPD established two crime scenes to document and collect evidence.
There were no impacts to airport operations or air travel associated with this incident or the investigation.
Detectives booked Sturgeon into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on one count of Automobile Homicide – Criminal Negligence DUI of Alcohol/Drugs.
Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
A SLCPD PIO responded to the scene and provided media with updates. Several photos associated to this incident have been released on the department’s Twitter page.
No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.
This is the third homicide in Salt Lake City for 2022.