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Dispute over unwelcome Millcreek ‘shed guest’ leads to SWAT standoff
Shotgun blasts » 19-year-old suspect arrested as he tried to flee house.
First Published Feb 25 2014 07:14 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 02:47 pm

A tense three-hour standoff between SWAT officers and an armed man in Millcreek ended when the suspect was arrested as he tried to run from his house Monday night.

UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said the incident began about 3:30 p.m. Monday when a dispute over another, 21-year-old man being allowed stay in a shed on the premises escalated to the 19-year-old suspect firing a shotgun "at least a couple times."

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UPD said the suspect allegedly fired toward his mother’s car as she was leaving the home at 761 E. Empire Avenue (3530 South) to take the 21-year-old to a TRAX station. Pellets from the blasts struck the car, but neither the unwanted guest nor the suspect’s mother were hurt.

UPD officers were initially unsuccessful in several attempts at communicating with the 19-year-old, who had gone back inside the house, and SWAT was called in.

For the next several hours, police secured the scene and continued efforts to convince the suspect to surrender, Hoyal said on Tuesday.

About 7:15 p.m., the suspect, unarmed, tried to run from the house. He was quickly cut off by officers and then surrendered, being taken into custody without further incident.

He was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of third-degree felony aggravated assault, class A misdemeanor criminal mischief and discharging a weapon, a class B misdemeanor. He remained behind bars Tuesday in lieu of $2,333 bail.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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