Early morning standoff ends peacefully

Early morning standoff ends peacefully

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(KSL News) It was a tense morning for the Taylorsville Police Department as officers tried to negotiate with a suicidal man who barricaded himself in his apartment.

It happened near 4000 South and 1300 West. Police say the 29-year-old showed up at his home about 1:00 this morning, after being gone for two days.

The man told his wife he was there to get some belongings but quickly became suicidal, at one point holding a gun to his head. After two hours of trying to convince him to put the gun down, his wife left and called police.

When police arrived around 3 a.m., they evacuated 31 apartments and began negotiations. The man finally surrendered without incident late this morning. "It has went on for quite sometime, and now it's finally over, and we're going to be releasing everything as soon as we can," Taylorsville Police Detective Troy Martinez said.

Police say the man had a previous suicide attempt four years ago when he tried to overdose on prescription drugs. For now, he's in the hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

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