Update: Man who barricaded himself in West Jordan apartment complex identified

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WEST JORDAN, Utah, Sept. 12, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who barricaded himself in a West Jordan apartment complex Monday morning and was initially believed to be armed has been identified.

Chief Doug Diamond, West Jordan Police Department, said officers received a report at about 8:40 a.m. of what the caller thought was an armed domestic incident in progress at 6934 S. Crystal Downs Lane (3825 West).

Police evacuated nearby apartments as a precaution, but it turned out that, though there was an altercation of some sort, the suspect did not make threats with a gun.

Thomas Pennington, 50, was booked into jail for outstanding warrants.

“We arrived and as we got more information, the call actually came in from a third party that wasn’t involved, so the information got a little mixed up. We did not have an armed domestic,” Diamond said.

“In reality, the suspect, or the party in this argument, the female half of it was able to get out of the building, the male half of it kept himself inside the apartment. We were eventually able to make contact with him, get him out, and he’s now in custody.”

Diamond said a SWAT team responded because they are in training, so it became part of their training scenario.

There was also a third woman involved in the incident, but it’s not clear yet exactly what her role was, Diamond said.

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