08/22/2006

7-hour Utah standoff ends when man surrenders

Deseret Morning News
Copyright 2006 The Deseret News Publishing Co.

CLEARFIELD, Utah- Police say a suicidal man who threatened to blow up his home surrendered early Sunday morning after a standoff that lasted nearly seven hours.

The neighborhood surrounding the man's home, in the 400 North block of 450 West, was evacuated during the incident. Clearfield police officers, the Davis County Sheriff's SWAT team and SWAT teams from Bountiful and Layton responded to the scene, according to the Clearfield Police Department.

The incident began about 7:45 p.m. when it was reported the man had been throwing objects and food items inside his home. Officers were unable to enter the home and were informed the man wanted to kill himself and blow up the house, the police department said.

SWAT team negotiators kept in contact with the man throughout the evening, and during that time the man used a "barrage of profanity" and threatened to "sexually assault the negotiators and their families," according to the department.

When negotiators lost communication with the man early Sunday morning, he was told via a bullhorn he had 15 minutes to surrender. Fourteen minutes and 30 seconds later, at 2:33 a.m., the man came out of his home and "reluctantly" surrendered to police, the department said.

There was no one else inside the home.

The man was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

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