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Salt Lake elementary locked down because of standoff

By Paul Nelson | Posted - May 6, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City elementary school was locked down Thursday afternoon because of a nearby standoff.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank talked with students at Edison Elementary during the lockdown. (Photo courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department)
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank talked with students at Edison Elementary during the lockdown. (Photo courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department)

Officers arrived at Keith Burton's house around 2 p.m. Thursday to serve a warrant for his arrest. But instead of cooperating, Burton took off in his car.

Officers pursued Burton and eventually caught up to him around 400 South and Cheyenne Street, which is two blocks from Edison Elementary School.

Officers surrounded the vehicle, but Burton refused to come out. They locked down the school while they negotiated with him.

Because the incident happened so close to the end of the school day, some of the students' parents were already there to pick them up.

"Once they were advised of the situation, we just had the parents stay in the auditorium as well," said Salt Lake School District spokesman Jason Olsen.

Burton was taken in around 2:45 p.m., and the lockdown was released.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank talked with students at Edison Elementary during the lockdown.

"[He was] actually here, just getting ready to do a bike rodeo with the students," said Salt Lake City police spokeswoman Robin Snyder.

E-mail: pneslon@ksl.com

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