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Suicidal man arrested in West Jordan

By Sandra Yi  |  Posted Mar 2nd, 2009 @ 12:13pm


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WEST JORDAN -- A suicidal man who prompted the lock down of eight schools in West Jordan and South Jordan was found and taken into custody. The lockdown has since been removed.

Police began locking down the schools just after 10 a.m. The worry started after the 33-year-old man threatened to kill himself. He had called his girlfriend from a church parking lot in Taylorsville and, after some sort of disagreement, he told her he had a gun and threatened suicide.

The girlfriend told one of her friends, who then called police.

Sgt. Drew Sanders, with the West Jordan Police Department, said, "Any time you have somebody making threats like that, yeah, it is somewhat of a threat to the community."

Police found the man's car abandoned and around 11:15 a.m. near Copper Hills High School. After a two hour search, the man was found in a home in the area of 5000 W. and 8200 South. The man did not have a gun, as was reported early on.

Welby, Oak Crest, Copper Canyon, Jordan Hills, Hayden Peak and Sunset Ridge Elementary schools along with West Hills Middle and Copper Hills High Schools were locked down as police looked for the man. No one was allowed in or out. Police made reverse 911 calls to warn residents to stay inside with their doors locked.

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