A 31-year-old parole fugitive and gang member remains in prison as the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office reviews possible charges against him in the murder of his girlfriend.
Terence Trent Vos was arrested over the weekend in the death of Shandon Scott, 32, after Vos crashed a car on Interstate 80 and ran away, leaving Scott’s body inside. Unified Police said Vos shot and killed Scott in Millcreek before the I-80 crash early Saturday morning.
Chris Bertram, a former Unified Police deputy chief and current professor of criminal justice at Salt Lake Community College, remembers Vos.
“It’s a name that, unfortunately, was familiar to me,” said Bertram, noting he had seen Vos’s name on wanted posters and in connection with gang investigations.
Vos has a lengthy criminal past. Until his arrest this past weekend, he was one of hundreds of parole fugitives in Utah. Agents lost track of him in February, and he’d been missing ever since, according to a 2News investigation.
When you see a fugitive that should have probably been brought to justice or brought into custody and they’re not and then something tragic something happens — whether it’s the taking of a life or victimizing somebody else — it’s a tragedy,” Bertram said.
Bertram told 2News, in the past, dedicated agents searched for fugitives like Vos.
“A lot of that has gone away, and so, unfortunately, there aren’t people out there day to day looking for these wanted people, these fugitives,” Bertram said.
The former deputy chief said that puts “a lot” of strain on officers as encounters with parole fugitives are often violent. Bertram’s colleague and friend, Unified Police Officer Doug Barney, was killed in such an encounter in 2016.
Now, again, we have a citizen who is the victim of the crime,” Bertram said. “I think it’s going to bring it back up to that discussion as to what’s being done.”
The 2News investigative team has been looking into the issue of parole fugitives and the role of Adult Probation and Parole in making sure parolees follow their terms — something that’s not always happening in Utah. Watch that report Monday on 2News at 10 p.m.