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St. George SWAT nabs naked, bleeding man in motel standoff

First Published Mar 28 2014 12:29 pm • Last Updated Mar 28 2014 12:58 pm

St. George SWAT officers took a naked, bleeding and apparently psychologically disturbed man into custody late Friday morning after a tense standoff.

Police Sgt. Sam Despain said that what turned into nearly a four-hour standoff began with a 7:15 a.m. 911 call from the Coronado Inn and Suites, 559 E. St. George Boulevard, reporting a disorderly guest.

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Two patrol officers arrived to find the man, nude and bleeding from several suspected self-inflicted wounds, had trashed his room and broken out its front window.

Seeing police, the man fled into a bedroom and barricaded himself inside.

The 39-year-old man turned out to have an extensive history with St. George police, including incidents of violence directed at officers, so SWAT was called in, Despain said.

For the next few hours, negotiators attempted without success to talk with the man. About 11 a.m., after firing a tear gas canister into the bedroom, SWAT officers moved in, subdued and handcuffed the suspect.

Despain said the man was taken to the hospital, where he was being treated for his wounds and being evaluated prior to possible booking into the Washington County jail.


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