WEST JORDAN, Utah, Dec. 6, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — SWAT members had begun arriving at a West Jordan home on Thursday morning when a suspect with access to guns surrendered peacefully.
Officer Scott List, West Jordan Police Department, told Gephardt Daily that officers were called to the scene first by an alarm, then by a call from a homeowner.
“The homeowner said that their estranged son, who was not welcome in the home, had broken into the home and that he might possibly have weapons,” List said.
When police arrived at the scene, in the 7400 block of Waterloo Circle, they learned that residents had made it out safe, but the 20-year-old son was still inside.
“We were told that there was access to firearms inside, so we tried to be very cautious, and eventually he did come out and was very cooperative with us, and we took him into custody.”
List was unsure of the charges, saying they will depend on whether a reasonable person would have known he was banned from entry, based on what had transpired in the past.
List said the incident came close to being a SWAT situation.
“Any time we have reports that firearms are involved, we’ve got shields and things like that available to us on patrol,” he said. “SWAT was called out, some had arrived.”
List said it’s always hard to see estrangement escalate to a degree where there is a threat of violence.
“In my opinion particularly difficult because it was a family member,” he said, adding that when such incidents happen close to family oriented holidays, it makes it even worse.