UPDATE: Idaho manhunt for Utah murder suspect continues

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - UPDATE (5/23 11:18 a.m): Idaho police say the manhunt continues for a man suspected of shooting and killing a motorist in northern Utah.

Jonathan Llana is suspected of murdering a person in Utah and fleeing Idaho State Police and Cassia County Sheriff deputies. Image courtesy Idaho State Police.

Idaho State Police spokesman Tim Marsano said officers from several law enforcement agencies were searching fields in rural Cassia County Friday in an effort to find 45-year-old Jonathan Llana.

The Los Angeles man is charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the Wednesday night shooting that killed Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City and injured Gwyther's passenger.

Utah officials said the two victims were heading toward Idaho on Interstate 84 in northern Utah when the suspect fired multiple rounds at their vehicle. Idaho troopers gave chase to Llana's vehicle until it crashed into a canal in southern Idaho. Police say Llana then fled on foot.

UPDATE (5/23 10:50 p.m.):
The American Falls Police Department as well as the Power County Sheriff Office have issued a joint press release asking residents to "remove keys from their vehicles, lock doors, garages, sheds, home doors, and to report away any suspicious activity 208-226-2311," as the a multitude of law enforcement agencies search for homicide suspect, Jonathan Llana.

Llana, who is considered armed and dangerous, is alleged to have fired multiple rounds at a fellow motorist in Northern Utah, resulting that persons death. It's alleged Llana committed the crime in Northern Utah on I-84 in the vicinity of Rattle Snake Pass, before traveling into Southern Idaho on I-84.

"He ran from there," Cassia County Sheriff, Jay Heward said. "Ultimately crashed his car in the Raft River, near Yale road and I-86 ."

Heward says Llanas fled from authorities in a southerly direction from the scene where his car crashed and that since Wednesday night, multiple law enforcement agencies have since been tracking Llanas.

"We along with other area agencies have been searching for him all night long, and the search is continuing this morning, and currently going on right now," Heward said.

Idaho State Police said they had a command center established at a dairy farm on Yale Road through Thursday morning, to conduct their search from Llanas. But that since then, the command post may have changed locations.

The area could present some difficulty for locating the suspect, agencies including the Twin Falls County, Power County, Cassia County Sheriff's Department, Idaho State Police, as well as Utah Highway Patrol are involved in the search for Llanas.

"There are low rolling hills, ranches, a lot of sagebrush," Heward said. "He could be anywhere and that's why I would tell the entire community out there to be mindful, and be aware of of their entire surroundings and watch. And if they see anyone strange or suspicious to be calling 9-1-1."

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.:
A California man wanted in the fatal shooting of a motorist on a desolate stretch of interstate highway near the Utah-Idaho border has been charged with aggravated murder.

Online Utah court records show prosecutors filed the charges Thursday afternoon against 45-year-old Jonathan Llana in the killing Wednesday night of 50-year-old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City. The charging documents accuse Llana of firing multiple rounds at a vehicle driven by Gwyther. The passenger in the car was also injured.

Llana was also charged with one count of attempted aggravated murder. He is from Los Angeles.

Authorities were still searching for Llana in southern Idaho near a small town. They warned people that he is armed and dangerous.

Utah State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Ryan Van Fleet says Gwyther and the passenger were traveling in a Range Rover from Salt Lake City to Boise, Idaho, for work.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.:
Authorities say a driver fatally shot on a northern Utah highway was a Salt Lake City man and that the suspect who is the subject of a manhunt in southern Idaho is a California man who is the registered owner of a car later found crashed after a pursuit.

Lt. Ryan Van Fleet of the Utah State Bureau of Investigation said authorities know of no motive for the Wednesday night shooting of Dennis Gwyther on Interstate 84 or any connection between him and the suspect, 45-year-old Jonathan Llana of Los Angeles.

Van Fleet said Gwyther and a passenger who was shot and wounded were driving to Boise, Idaho, for work when the shooting occurred after both vehicles cleared a slowdown in traffic.

Idaho troopers spotted and chased the car determined to be registered to Llana but officials say the driver fled on foot after it crashed. Authorities then launched a manhunt that continued Thursday.

They're asking anyone who spots the suspect to call law enforcement. Llana is described as being 5'10" (178 cm) tall, about 150 pounds (68 kg) with black hair and brown eyes.

ORIGINAL:
Idaho State Police say a manhunt is under way in southern Idaho for a man suspected in a fatal shooting in Utah.

Police say 45-year-old Jonathan Llana is a homicide suspect in the case, and they describe him as being armed and dangerous.

Police say they believe Llana shot and killed someone in northern Utah near Rattlesnake Pass and then drove into Idaho.

Troopers and Cassia County Sheriff's deputies tried to stop him, but police say he fled in his vehicle before crashing into a field and taking off on foot.

They're asking anyone who spots the suspect to call law enforcement. Llana is described as being 5'10" (178 cm) tall, about 150 pounds (68 kg) with black hair and brown eyes.

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