Suspect eludes police in Taylorsville SWAT standoff

Geraldo Felix Tapia Photo: Unified Police Department

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Dec. 26, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A SWAT team surrounded a Taylorsville home Monday afternoon as a man believed to be armed barricaded himself inside.

The suspect, Geraldo Felix Tapia, 30, had been inside a home at 1802 W. 5000 South, according to Unified Police Department Detective Chuck Malm.

Shortly after 6 p.m., SWAT went into the home and found that the suspect was no longer on the premises.

“Our officers have cleared the  residence,” Malm said. “The suspect, Mr. Tapia, is not in the residence. We believe he had fled at some point in the beginning stages of this investigation. We believe there may have been witnesses that have seen him leave the residence.”

Malm said Tapia is an Adult Probation and Parole fugitive who has felony warrants for his arrest for distribution of controlled substances and forgery.

“He is wanted by AP&P, he does have additional warrants for his arrest, and there will be additional charges. What those charges will be hasn’t been determined yet.”

Malm explained that police received a call to a domestic incident at approximately 2 p.m. The victim had fled the house.

“The female victim made contact with one of our officers and explained the situation. While our officers were speaking with the female, another officer went to the address, where the alleged domestic occurred,” Malm said.

“The suspect exited the house at the time, the officer challenged the suspect and the suspect then ran back into the home. The officer initially tried to pursue the suspect but backed off for officer safety reasons and held on the house.”

Malm said Tapia is known to carry firearms, which is why SWAT was called out. He said Tapia also has possible gang affiliations.

“We do have officers and detectives who will be following up, trying to locate Mr. Tapia. We do believe he is an armed and dangerous individual, so any help from the public in locating him, we’re asking they call Unified Police,” Malm said.

The phone number for UPD dispatch is 801-743-7000.

At the time SWAT was called, it was still an active situation, with officers trying to make contact with Tapia. Malm said officers had to do everything possible to ensure the safety of nearby residents, as well as the officers themselves, because of the suspect’s history.

Asked about the time it took between the initial call for help and the time it was determined that Tapia was no longer in the house, Malm again stressed the need to protect everyone in the area.

“We had a lot of resources, a lot of officers,” he said. “UTA stepped up and brought a bus to evacuate nearby residents — we had to make sure they were kept warm. It was all necessary to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Malm didn’t know the victim’s condition, but said he believes she’s OK.

“The domestic is still under investigation,” he said. “We’ll have more information later.”



  1. Why is it that we now have swat serving ap&p warrants?
    This is another show of intimidation specifically done to intimidate innocent neighbors.
    Serving warrants are detective work, unless it is an extreme situation. This was no longer even a threat according to the article above, the woman was already safe. They know his name.
    This is exactly why we don’t need swat.
    Look back to a couple of years ago when the “suspect” shot back after a task force armed with a knock and speak warrant was served with a break in by the cops.
    All on the word of a jilted girlfriend.
    I’m all for having police. But they have once again shown they worry more about being overpowering than policing.
    We had several people forced from their homes for an incodent that had ended.


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