Update: Suspect in custody after standoff near Rose Park, SLC police say

Salt Lake City Police said a suspect, who allegedly fired a weapon and then barricaded inside a residence in the area of 1200 West and Lafayette Drive, surrendered and was safely taken into custody late Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Photo: SLCPD/Twitter

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 30, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect was safely taken into custody after a standoff of several hours Wednesday night near Rose Park.

Salt Lake City Police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of 1200 West and Lafayette Drive at about 7:30 p.m.

They arrived at the residence indicated by the reporting party and attempted to make contact with the individual who reportedly had a weapon.

SLCPD later stated that officers observed the suspect, a 40-year-old man, holding a weapon.

Instead of talking with officers, the suspect barricaded himself in the residence and intermittently made brief appearances at the door, only to go back inside.

Police established a containment area and negotiators arrived on scene along with SWAT.

Initially, nearby neighbors were advised to shelter in place, but late Wednesday night, SLC police said the suspect had finally come out and surrendered safely to SWAT officers. He was taken into custody at 11:25 p.m., four hours after the incident began.

“Paramedics transported the suspect to the hospital for a physical & mental health evaluation,” SLCPD tweeted. “The suspect is identified as a 40-year-old man. His name is not being released unless and until he is booked into jail.”

There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

After the situation was resolved and the suspect had been transported to the hospital, SLC Police Department tweeted:

“Officers located gunfire evidence near the suspect’s residence and confirmed the suspect had fired several rounds outside the residence towards the ground.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, the suspect did not specifically target any neighbors or any homes while shooting.”

Gephardt Daily will update this story when more information becomes known.

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