MILLCREEK, Utah, Oct. 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a man suspected of assaulting a child and firing a gun at the child’s father, which led to a tense SWAT standoff in Millcreek Sunday afternoon.
Unified Police Department officers and SWAT spent nearly six hours Sunday working to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution.
A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Richard Martin Lindem, 61, is facing charges of:
- Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
- Child abuse/neglect, a third-degree felony
- Three charges of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony
- Reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor
The incident began at about 3:05 p.m. in the area of Gordon Lane and 4350 South, UPD Detective Kevin Mallory told Gephardt Daily.
The probable cause statement said officers responded to reports of several handgun rounds being fired in that neighborhood.
“Upon officers’ arrival, they were informed by the complainant that an unknown male approached his two sons,” the statement said. “The complainant explained that his sons were riding small motorcycles around their neighborhood when an unknown male approached his 6-year-old son and punched the son in the head.”
The complainant said he observed this happen and began running to the location in the middle of the road, the statement said.
“When the complainant arrived, the suspect drew a small black handgun from his waist and pointed it at the complainant who then retreated back towards his home,” the statement said. “As the complainant was retreating away from the suspect, the suspect fired three rounds at the complainant and his sons.”
No one was injured as a result of the firearm discharge.
“As officers began searching for the male, a witness informed she had the incident captured on her home surveillance system and offered it to the officers,” the statement said. “Investigators reviewed the surveillance which clearly shows the male approach the 6-year-old son and punch him in the head area. The son was observed wearing a riding helmet.”
The suspect then fled the scene and was seen walking eastbound on Gordon Lane.
Several witnesses were able to identify the suspect and informed investigators he was Richard Martin Lindem and they also told officers his address in Doreen Street which was around the corner from the scene.
“Officers were able to set a perimeter around the home and attempt to make contact with Richard,” the statement said. “The complainant was shown a photograph of Richard and positively identified Richard as the male who shot at him.”
SWAT was deployed and eventually made contact with Lindem, who had barricaded himself inside his home. Lindem was found to be heavily intoxicated.
Lindem was taken into custody at approximately 8:30 p.m. and later transported to the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center, with his bail set at $21,980.
Gephardt Daily will continue to follow this story and will provide more details as they are made available.