LAVERKIN – A man is in police custody following a standoff with police and the county SWAT team Saturday afternoon.
Between 4-4:30 p.m., LaVerkin Police responded to a domestic violence call in the area of 110 North 300 West, LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins said. A man was arguing with his wife in their home, and at some point during the argument the man pulled a knife on his son-in-law. The wife and son-in-law soon got out of the house, he said.
After the others left the home the man allegedly walked out outside, a shotgun in hand, and said he was ready for police, Watkins said. The man then barricaded himself in his home.
Police attempted to make contact with the man, who in turn told police he had multiple guns inside and would only be taken outside in a body bag. This resulted in the Washington County Metro SWAT team being deployed to the area.
The police proceeded to block road access to the area and at least one home nearby was evacuated as a precaution.
Police attempted to call the man several times in his home and had little luck, Watkins said. The one time they were able to get through, the man reiterated that he wouldn’t leave the home alive.
Despite the threats, the man eventually gave up and was taken into police custody without incident shortly after 6 p.m. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for a medical check before being booked into the Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Watkins said the man is potentially looking at charges that include aggravated assault, threatening another individual with a weapon, intoxication, and likely others.
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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