Update: SWAT responds to Provo residence after barricaded man fires several rounds

A man barricaded himself inside a Provo residence after allegedly firing several rounds and threatening to kill his partner Sunday morning, officials said. Photo Courtesy: Provo Police Department

PROVO, Utah, July 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man barricaded himself inside a Provo residence after allegedly firing several rounds and threatening to kill his partner Sunday morning, officials said.

The Provo Police Department tweeted at 8:30 a.m. that officials were called to a report of a domestic disturbance unfolding in the area of 1700 South and 600 West. Residents nearby were asked to shelter in place and the public was asked to avoid the area.

“The situation escalated quickly and one involved person barricaded himself with a weapon,” a¬†news release from Provo PD on Facebook said.

After utilizing gas as well as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot SWAT team operators enter the residence, the news release said. The preliminary investigation is showing that the 31-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That individual has been identified as Richard Austin, Provo police said. 

The woman was able to exit the residence safely before Austin barricaded himself in.

Provo police tweeted at 1 p.m. that the scene was secured.

“Shelter in place lifted,” the tweet said. “Avoid area while officers conclude investigation. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

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