Police end standoff after finding shed empty

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Police surrounded a shed in Salt Lake City this afternoon after receiving a call that a man was barricaded inside with a gun. But hours after the standoff began, SWAT teams opened the shed to find it empty.

Salt Lake City police spokeswoman Lara Jones says the call came in about 4:15 p.m. A woman who lives in a house at 1472 S. 900 West said she saw her roommate's estranged boyfriend take a gun with him and go in to the shed in the backyard.

When she called police, she was unsure if the man was still in the shed, but she said she saw the curtains move. She also told police he had the man threatened to kill himself.

SWAT teams waited it out for a while, but finally broke open the door just after 7 p.m. and found the shed empty.

At least three houses were evacuated, and police closed off 900 West between California Avenue and approximately 1600 South during the standoff.

Police are still looking for the man alleged to have made the threats.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com


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