Police: Man who kicked in door of ex-girlfriend’s house in Sandy, threatened to kill her, himself identified

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SANDY, Utah, Sept. 27, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a man who they say kicked in his ex-girlfriend’s front door, threatened to “blow her head off,” then barricaded himself in his car outside her house and threatened his own life.

Paul Gunn, 38, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony, following an evaluation. The case is under investigation and will be presented to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for a determination of formal charges.

The incident began at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Gunn showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house in the area of 11300 S. Hawkwood Drive, said Sandy Police spokesman Sgt. Dean Carriger.

Carriger said Gunn and his ex-girlfriend, who dated for eight years, had recently broken up but continued to communicate, and he frequented the home in Hawkwood Drive they had previously shared.

When he went to the home Tuesday morning, the garage code had been changed, so he kicked in the front door, Carriger said.

Gunn’s ex-girlfriend told police he then grabbed her with his arm around her neck, covered her mouth and told her not to scream or he would shoot her. No gun was seen or brandished, Carriger said.

When the woman’s 12-year-old daughter woke up and came into the room, Gunn fled, and was gone prior to the arrival of police.

The incident continued at approximately 8:30 a.m. when Gunn went back to the home, having contacted his brother, and said he was suicidal. Gunn parked in front of the home but did not try to re-enter.

Carriger said police contained the area and established communication with Gunn. The residence was evacuated and the road was closed from 11300 South to 11400 South.

Due to the proximity of two schools, Alta High School at 1000 E. 11055 South and Altara Elementary School at 800 E. 11000 South, police notified school officials of the situation. Altara Elementary School was put on a shelter-in-place status, Canyons School District said in a Facebook post, with recess cancelled and limited access allowed.

Police reported Gunn relinquished a firearm at approximately 9:50 a.m., and the shelter-in-place status at the elementary school was lifted.

Nobody was injured during the incident.


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