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Taylorsville home found empty when SWAT moves in

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)


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TAYLORSVILLE — Police surrounded a house in Taylorsville Monday afternoon where an armed man was believed to be barricaded inside. But when officers forced their way in, the man was long gone.

Unified police detective Chuck Malm told KSL News at about 3 p.m. a woman inside the house at 1802 W. 5000 South called 911 to report that a man was armed with a gun. The man, later identified as Geraldo Felix Tapia, is a parolee wanted for violations, he said.

Responding police officers surrounded the home and were trying to coax Tapia outside, Malm said. At some point, the woman who called police was able to leave the residence.

People living nearest to the surrounded house were evacuated from their homes by police.

When the decision was made to enter the the home, Malm said officers found no one inside. Police now believe Tapia left before they arrived.

Police were looking for Tapia Monday night. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.

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