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Clearfield woman jumps from window to escape suicidal son

(Davis County Jail)


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CLEARFIELD — Police say a woman jumped from a second-story window Tuesday to escape her suicidal adult son, who then carried her back into their house and threatened her with an AK-47.

Just before 10 p.m., Clearfield police received several 911 calls reporting shots had been fired near 2390 S. 500 West.

Kevin Russell Morris, 42, who lives with his mother, got into an argument with her about "the living conditions," according to Clearfield Police Lt. Kelly Bennett.

Morris then got an AK-47 rifle and threatened to kill both his mother and himself, Bennett said.

"When she turned toward Kevin, he raised the gun toward his mother. Kevin then discharged at least one round into the floor of the residence," he said.

The mother ran out the door, but Morris caught her on the porch and dragged her back into the home "by her hair," Bennett said. The mother then went to her bedroom and jumped out the second-story window, suffering injuries to her legs and feet.

Before she could get to her neighbor's house, Morris caught her and carried her back into the house as she screamed, Bennett said.

When police arrived at the house, they received assistance from Morris' girlfriend, who communicated with him through social media and convinced him to walk out and surrender without further incident.

"We were fortunate that she contacted the police department and let us know she was communicating with him," Bennett said.

The mother was taken to a local hospital with minor leg injuries. Morris was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm and criminal mischief.

Bennett said police have been called to the home previously and spoken with Morris and his mother, but never for an incident approaching the seriousness of what allegedly occurred Tuesday.

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