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PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT

August 18, 2023

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SLCPD Detectives Arrest 58-Year-Old Man for Aggravated Assault

SALT LAKE CITY — Officers and detectives with Salt Lake City Police Department safely arrested a 58-year-old man accused of shooting and injuring his 57-year-old wife.

This investigation started at 12:25 a.m., on Friday, August 18, 2023, when SLC911 got a call about a man shooting a gun near 600 West South Temple Street. As officers responded, at least one other call came in about someone shooting during a fight.

Officers arrived, secured the scene, and started an investigation.

The preliminary investigation shows the suspect, Charles Coprich, tracked his wife, using a cell phone tracking software, and found her near the above listed address.

Coprich is accused of then shooting at another person.

Coprich and his wife drove away from the scene before officers arrived.

At some point, after Coprich’s arrival at 600 West South Temple and before officers arrested him, he is accused of shooting his wife.

A SLCPD sergeant spotted the car, and with the help of South Salt Lake Police and the Utah Highway Patrol, conducted a traffic stop near 3400 South State Street.

Officer safely took Coprich into custody without incident.

Officers found Coprich’s wife in the back seat with a gunshot wound.

Paramedics took her to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers took Coprich to the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and booked him on charges of domestic violence aggravated assault, aggravated assault, and felony discharge of a firearm.

The Salt Lake City Police Department reminds our community of the resources available to support survivors of domestic violence in Utah.

●       Utah Department of Human Services: Domestic Violence Services

●       Utah Domestic Violence Coalition

The Salt Lake City Police Department encourages anyone who has experienced Domestic Violence to call us at 801-799-3000 and ask to speak with a Victim Advocate or call their 24-hour hotline directly at 801-580-7969. All services are free, and callers can get information anonymously.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos. 

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