UPDATED: Hurricane Police ask residents to shelter in place as officers deal with ‘high-priority situation’

Police at the scene of a standoff in Hurricane, Utah, April 14, 2019 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

HURRICANE —¬†Hurricane residents were advised to stay secured in their homes Sunday evening after a manhunt ended with a standoff at a home.

An officers draws a gun near a residence in Hurricane, Utah, April 14, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Jesus Ceja, St. George News

Update 9:40 p.m. Washington County Metro SWAT has peacefully apprehended the male suspect, who is currently in custody awaiting charges. Hurricane Police say all those asked to stay indoors can now safely go outside.

Just after 7 p.m., Hurricane Police Department sent a reverse 911 to residents advising them to “shelter in place.”

“Officers are currently dealing with a high-priority situation in the area of 100 North 700 West,” the message states. “Please remain in your homes with the doors locked until advised further by Hurricane Police.”

Residents in the area contacted St. George News to report a large police presence, including officers with guns drawn toward a house.

Hurricane Police officer Ken Thompson said police were pursuing one suspect in a stolen vehicle who got out of the car and ran into a home in the area.

After refusing to exit the home for approximately three hours, the man surrendered to police at about 9:30 p.m.

The Hurricane Police Department was assisted by Utah Highway Patrol, LaVerkin Police, Springdale Police, Washington City Police, Washington County Metro SWAT and the Department of Natural Resources.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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