Noise complaint leads to SWAT standoff at hotel

The man involved in the SWAT incident was identified as Cody Callegory who police have previous dealings with, St. George, March 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A noise complaint turned into a three-hour standoff with police Friday morning when a man staying at a St. George hotel barricaded himself in his room after destroying hotel property.

St. George Police responded to a noise complaint at the Coronada Inns and Suites on St. George Boulevard just before 8 a.m., St. George Capt. Mike Giles said. There were reports of loud banging and noises coming from one of the rooms, he said.

When police arrived on the scene, they identified a male in the hotel room as 35-year-old Cody Callegory. The police department is familiar with Callegory, Giles said. “We know of him and we’ve dealt with him in the past,” he said.

Callegory was described as experiencing “some sort of an episode” in which he destroyed hotel property in the room and broke out windows. Giles said he does not know what triggered the incident or Callegory’s subsequent reaction to it.

“At that point the door (to Callegory’s room) was closed and officers maintained the perimeter and somewhat stabilized the scene,” Giles said. Neighboring rooms were evacuated and the police negotiations team and SWAT team were called in.

Initially the police didn’t know if Callegory had a weapon on him or if he posed a threat to others. However, he may have had access to knives from the hotel room’s kitchen area, Giles said.

A level of communication was eventually established, at which point police determined Callegory had “sustained some significant injuries,” Giles said.

We’re not sure exactly how, to what extent, or where, but there was a quite a bit of blood,” Giles said.

In order to hasten the negotiations process, police shot gas into the room in an effort to get Callegory to give up.

“I’m not sure what type of gas was used, but there were chemicals introduced into the room to try to advance the negotiations.” Giles said.

With growing concerns over Callegory’s medical condition and negotiations proving ineffective, the SWAT team made entry into the hotel room.

At the time they made entry into his room he was in, he was compliant,” Giles said. “He went into custody and he was removed from the room and medical was provided. He was alone at that time.”

Callegory, who had been naked in the hotel room, was wrapped in a blanket and escorted by SWAT members to a waiting ambulance without incident. He was then taken to Dixie Medical Center for treatment. Once treated and cleared by hospital staff, he will be released into police custody.

Potential charges Callegory faces include criminal mischief for the hotel damage.

“Fortunately, we didn’t have to use a level of force beyond the chemical ammunition and negotiations,” Giles said. “Basically, it’s a successful conclusion that we didn’t have to use physical force in taking him into custody.”

The incident wrapped up shortly by 11 a.m.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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30 Comments

  • D Hodja March 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Huge waste of time and money over nothing, send a few of these little boys to a big city so they know what a real threat is…in the meantime get more of them on bicycles doing community based policing so they quit acting they are para-military thugs disconnected from those who pay them…i.e., those they swore to serve.

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I agree with you. I think it’s time to start raising these concerns with our elected public servants. It’s all about systematic desensitization to accept a militarized police state. It’s overkill, period!

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Excellent point! Huge waste of taxpayer money, but obviously an excuse to justify the grants,”donations”, etc. (aka, taxpayer money) from DHS for the sole purpose of militarizing local police.

  • Bub March 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    boy they’re not kidding about cops being militarized… looks like those riot police in ukraine…

    • D Hodja March 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      The SGPD Chief, Mayor and City Manager all ought to do some ancillary training on the fact they are in SG UT not Ukraine or LA.

      • Bub March 29, 2014 at 12:13 am

        It’s a sad thing, but I guess they need equal fire power to what’s out there on the streets, which is lots of varieties of assault weapons…
        ,,,
        “OBAMA’S COMIN’ FUR OUR GUNS!!!”

        • tinman March 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

          Yeah, they really needed a SWAT raid to counter the possible kitchen utensils this one man could have used to kill all these police in full body armor. Who was inside the motel room? Jet Li? Jason Statham? Neo?

      • tinman March 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

        I agree with you. Let’s start making the calls Monday morning.

  • L Blue March 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Glad he will be able to get the medical attention needed. Good outcome.

  • Jim Sharp March 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The police are trained and equipped to protect the community, which is what they did here. No telling what the bloody, deranged, knife wielding man would have done without intervention. If he would have stabbed a citizen first, would that made the police response Okay? Think of what the average citizen would have done to handle this situation, ANSWER: Nothing! That’s why the police were called. As for the comparison between STG and LA, does a bullet or a knife not kill you in STG? It’s not the place, it’s the situation that dictates the response. We do live in a great, low crime area, so thank your local law enforcement for their efforts and your public officials who support them. If they don’t try to stay ahead of the crooks, we will become LA.

    • pcal March 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

      This. Man is a father and son.he is an awesome human being.the article said :there could have been a knife because it was a kitchenet: there was no weapons.He had in the last three years been sofering. FRom mental illness..he went off his meds because he thought he felt normal …much suprise he felt normal because of the meds..i want to thank the police who handled it very well in my eyes.he is now safe.he had broke a window to witch his arms were cut.we love him he is my step son.

  • Yak March 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Okay, so let’s break this down for all you arm-chair quarterback “para-military” complaining crack heads. First, police were called there on a noise issue and found a destroyed room. Turns out the guy had hurt himself – since police are already on scene and it’s clear this guy is suffering from some sort of mental illness, if they walk away and say “oh, this isn’t Ukraine, blah blah blah, let’s leave this guy alone” he could bleed out on the floor or kill himself or whatever this guy was planning on doing. Then the family sues the city because they had an obligation to take care of the situation, but didn’t. Then all you nay sayers would be crapping your panties over the police “not doing their job” and “not helping those they’ve sworn to protect” so it doesn’t matter what they do, you’ll always be in opposition.

    • Get Real March 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

      How pathetic Americans have become since 9/11

      Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you
      Mama’s gonna keep you right here
      Under her wing
      she won’t let you fly but she might let you sing
      Mama will keep baby cosy and warm
      Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe
      Of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall

  • Yak March 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Furthermore “riot police in Ukraine” – Really? It’s called protective equipment for a reason. Feel free to confront an idiot with a sharp knife or whatever dressed in a t-shirt and shorts Bub and see what happens. And the masks? Says in the article they tried getting him out with gas or something because he was holed up in there like Sadam in his spider-hole. Read, observe, and then assess people – it’s not that difficult.

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

      You’re the one who can’t read. There was no knife, only convenient speculation about a possible weapon, which is a pathetic pretext for a SWAT raid. Read again: “Initially the police didn’t know if Callegory had a weapon on him or if he posed a threat to others. However, he may have had access to knives from the hotel room’s kitchen area, Giles said.” “may have had access to knives” doesn’t pass muster. And you say “holed up like Sadaam in his spider-hole.” The fact that you compare an incident St. George to Iraq explains your blind police hero worship. Newsflash! This is not Iraq. This is America. Remember! The land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE (i.e., those who don’t cower in fear under a rock and need a militarized police force to tuck them in bed at night).

  • cha cha March 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

    What a bunch of crap of comments I just read… Seriously, someone may have truly been in danger because of some lunatic & you’re talking about the Ukraine & LA? Omg if he would have killed someone would those comments be about how they didn’t protect& serve & how they need more training? This may be St. G but with all the Californians and folks from other states moving in here, it’s become a mad house, considering I’m from SLC &my husband from Cali (also agrees with me)…

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

      You don’t read well. The article says those in danger were evacuated. Secondly, calling this guy a “lunatic” betrays your own ignorance and speaks pretty lowly of you. He was a KNOWN individual with a mental illness. Speculating about a possible weapon (that didn’t exist) and using that as a pretext for a SWAT raid is over the top.

  • Walther March 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    looks like the JBT lickers are out in droves

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Listen to all the little boys on here who never grew up and like to dress up like GI Joe and play war games. You’re all missing the point that bringing in SWAT was OVERKILL! The article said the SGPD knew this person as a chronic offender. They evacuated those who were in danger. You explain to me how two or three regular cops cannot handle one man holed up in a motel room? If you think this is cool or acceptable seeing para military police on any streets in America, you are like the frog in the warm pot being slowly boiled to death. Enough of the blind police hero worship. I’ll gladly assume more risk for the protection of myself and my family. The desensitized cream puffs who have ancestors that survived the Great Depression and stormed the beaches of Normandy need to toughen up!

      • Wicked_Witch April 2, 2014 at 1:52 am

        G.I. Joe? Ok Tin man lets all go follow Dorothy and toto around. The swat and the city are doing their job. I wonder who you will be calling when someone has knife and causing harm to your family. Let them do their job and you go do what you do best.. follow the yellow brick road bwahahahahaha

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

      No kidding! Has anyone heard the saying… I think it came from some guy named Ben Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

  • pcal March 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

    This. Man is a father and son.he is an awesome human being.the article said :there could have been a knife because it was a kitchenet: there was no weapons.He had in the last three years been sofering. FRom mental illness..he went off his meds because he thought he felt normal …much suprise he felt normal because of the meds..i want to thank the police who handled it very well in my eyes.he is now safe.he had broke a window to witch his arms were cut.we love him he is my step son.

  • Wizard March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Yes I’m the wizard and have all the answers. Swat stay home unless the tin man needs you. Was it no heart or no brain mr tin man. Any use some lube or your tears will cause rusting. Police should have called a carpenter had him baracade suspect in. With held food and water for few days, then called family to come pick up their loved one. No one hurt saved time and money. The suspect won’t remember if this happened or if it was a dream. Surgically Input medical dispenser into suspect, life time drug monitoring device then he can’t quit taking meds. And thanks for the info PCAL the city and motel will be sending the bill to you. Surly you’ll want to help pay

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Answers, facts or any other intelligible thoughts are what your post is lacking. But that is expected from the drooling masses who are trained to parrot what their rulers spoon feed them. There were 3000 SWAT raids nationwide in 1980 and over 70,000 in 2011. Crime went down significantly over this same time frame. Explain that one intelligently, Wizard!

    • tinman March 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      The Tinman is a symbol of all who come to the realization that they don’t need the Wizard (i.e., Big Government) and some nanny state/police state to give them something they already have (non-lienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution). The Wizard, on the other hand, is a fraud, operating in the shadows under false pretenses, claiming miraculous powers to provide security, free healthcare, housing, jobs and cellphones to all.

      • DoubleTap March 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

        “non–lienable rights”???? TINMAN, who put a lien on your rights? Where did you learn to spell? Oh, must be that fine public school “edjucashion” you received.
        I don’t know about your “non-lienable rights”….but my inalienable rights come from God and are guaranteed by the Constitution.

        • tinman March 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

          You should at least consult a dictionary before looking like a fool. If you did, you would discover that inalienable and non-lienable are one and the same. Your ignorance is the very reason I used the term non-lienable. I agree with you on the source of our rights, but disagree with your delusion that our rights (especially the 4th, 5th, 6th and part of the 14th Amendments) have been un-compromised and untrampled through the default consent of people like you who hide under a rock in fear of some fabled boogeyman that Big Brother has to protect us from. I would also say plunging us $17 Trillion in debt with the printing presses still rolling is quite a lien against my freedom and my children’s future pursuit of happiness. You have so many liens against your person and property, it makes the 3% total tax burden under King George look like chump change.

  • tinman March 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Utah Lawmakers recently disregarded (via HB384) the 2003 voter ballot initiative (70% of UT voters approved) that prevented corrupt policing for profit and the undermining of individual property rights. You think this doesn’t affect you? Just wait until the chickens come home to roost on this trampling of the 14th Amendment Right to Due Process:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2013/12/23/utah-made-it-easier-for-cops-to-seize-innocent-peoples-property-and-not-a-single-lawmaker-voted-against-it/2/

  • Zonkerb October 9, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Well atleast he’s not a illegal terrorist suffering from ebola

  • Zonkerb October 9, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Lmao there’s some free advertising for the Coronado

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