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Police: Man suspected in burglary flees officers, breaks into second Taylorsville home


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TAYLORSVILLE — A man suspected of a home burglary was taken into custody after he fled into another home and barricaded himself from officers Thursday afternoon, police said.

Unified police said James Schmidt, 21, was arrested on suspicion burglary, resisting arrest and fleeing from an officer.

Police responded to a report of a possible burglary in the area of 5600 S. Bree St. about 2 p.m., Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said. Responding officers then spotted a "suspicious person" walking down the road, she added.

When the officers tried to stop the man, who was later identified as Schmidt, Rivera said the individual fled on foot, jumping over several fences before making his way into an unoccupied home.

"He kicked a window in and hid in a closet," she said. "With that, we made a decision to call in our SWAT team with the potential that there could be firearms in the home."

Schmidt refused to leave the home after the SWAT team made contact with him, she said. However, officers eventually sent in a K-9 unit to apprehend Schmidt, and he was taken into custody around 4 p.m.

Schmidt was treated for a bite from the K-9 unit but did not suffer any serious injuries, police tweeted.

No other injuries were reported.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.

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