Police surround Salt Lake City apartment; suspect flees

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City police made an armed entry into an apartment Sunday to stop what they feared was a potential suicide, but the apartment turned out to be empty.

Police surrounded the apartment, but when they entered it was empty
Police surrounded the apartment, but when they entered it was empty

Residents reported a domestic dispute involving a man who's wanted on at least two warrants. By the time police arrived at the apartment near 200 West and 400 North around 2 p.m., the man's family members had already left.

Police believed he was holed up inside, so they assembled a team with guns, a crowbar and a specially-trained dog.

"The information that we had is that he was in there, he possibly had knives and he wasn't willing to come out," said Lt. Cal Kunz with Salt Lake police. "He had made threats against himself and the police."

But when officers finally entered the apartment, the man was gone. Police have no idea where he went.

They have not identified him, but say he's wanted on one misdemeanor and one felony warrant.

E-mail: hollenhorst@ksl.com

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