SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Holladay

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HOLLADAY -- A Holladay neighborhood is returning to normal after SWAT teams ended a standoff with an armed man.

The situation began at the Hidden Meadows apartment complex at 4914 S. Highland Circle (1830 East) around 3 a.m. when SWAT and police officers tried to serve an arrest warrant for a suspect identified as Oscar Aguilar.

SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Holladay

Lt. Don Hutson of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office says Aguilar was wanted in connection with drug and weapons trafficking. Investigators believe he is involved with a drug cartel in Mexico.

Officers had been watching Aguilar for the past few days and received a tip that he was at home at the apartment complex. Wednesday morning they decided to try to take him into custody.

SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Holladay

Police evacuated several residents from nearby apartments before they moved in.

Hutson says the SWAT team used explosives to open the door of the suspect's apartment. He says once the door was removed, Aguilar surrendered peacefully. His girlfriend, who was also in the apartment at the time, was arrested on outstanding warrants, as well. She is identified as Christina Knox, 28.

Hutson says officers found multiple weapons inside the apartment and are still searching for drugs and other evidence.

The evacuated residents have been allowed back into their homes.

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