LOGAN — Investigators say anger and jealousy led Army National Guardsman, Jared Tolman to kill a college student and one other person early Monday, before fatally shooting himself.
Logan City Police Lt. Rod Peterson says 23-year-old Tolman killed 19-year-old Mackenzie Madden, 25-year-old Jonathan Jacob Sadler and was looking for one other person before killing himself.
“The three gentleman did have some type of relationship with Mackenzie, over the past several months,” said Peterson. “She may have just been friends with them or she had dated them, hung out with them but apparently for whatever reason, Mr. Tolman did not approve.
Tolman went to Madden’s apartment at 636 East 500 North, a half-block from Utah State University, kicked in her bedroom door and opened fire with an assault rifle. Madden was reportedly shot five times and Sadler was shot three times.
Tolman then drove to a second apartment at 1693 North 400 West looking for 25-year-old Eric Larsen, who also had had a relationship with Madden.
Peterson said Tolman had a key to Larsen’s apartment and was able enter his bedroom.
“As luck would have it,” said Peterson. “Eric Larsen, the previous night before had made the decision just for no apparent reason, went over to his parent’s house, in Logan and decided that he was going to spend the evening with his family and ended up spending the night there. So he was not home when Mr. Tolman arrived.”
When Tolman could not find Larsen in his bedroom, he used the same assault rifle and killed himself with a single shot.
Investigators found a suicide note in Tolman’s apartment at 565 Dee Ave. In the message he said he was sorry and that what he was about to do was selfish.
Peterson said as investigators have examined Monday’s shooting, they can’t see anything the victims did wrong.
“They are college kids, going to school,” said Peterson. “They’re dating, they’re hanging out, they’re doing what every college kid in America does and I don’t think that anybody other than Mr. Tolman did anything wrong or that we the police or any of the victims or the victim’s families could have done anything to prevent this. It’s just a very unfortunate circumstance.”
Peterson said the investigation has been very emotional and difficult for all of the officers in the department and that their hearts go out to the families.
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