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Armed Kearns man surrenders after standoff with police

Published February 1, 2013 12:45 pm

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A man who allegedly barricaded himself with a gun inside a Kearns home with his wife and baby was taken into custody Friday afternoon after a three-hour standoff with police. The Unified Police Department reported that no one was injured.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said that officers were called to 5294 S. Heath Ave. (5030 West) in Kearns at about 11:45 a.m. on Friday. Hoyal said negotiators were in contact with the man, who holed up in the residence with his wife and their 4-month-old baby and had made threats of "harming himself and others."

A SWAT team made up of about 40 officers from the Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority was on the scene while the nearby Western Hills Elementary School was put under a lockdown until the end of the school day.

Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley said the school was put on a "soft" lockdown, meaning that students were let out at the regular time at 1:05 p.m. Friday but that they had to be picked up by a parent or designated emergency contact. Horsley said there was no direct threat to the school and that the lockdown was "simply a precautionary measure."

Horsley said the incident happened a few houses down from the school.

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