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Alex Cabrero ReportingPolice say a man in the middle of a divorce got mad and started shooting a gun in South Salt Lake this afternoon.
The standoff has been going on for a couple of hours now, at 300 E. 2975 S. The SWAT team is on the scene and is trying to talk to the man to figure out what his demands are so they can end this peacefully.
It all began when he was on the phone with his wife. He had threatened suicide so she called police. As police were arriving, he fired several shots into the air.
Sgt. Steve Daniels, South Salt Lake Police: “We have tried to send in a phone and our SWAT team has a perimeter set up for him. We’ve sent in a phone. We’re trying to contact him through a bullhorn to get him to take that call. We’ve not been able to get him to contact us at all…As we were arriving here at 12:43, he did fire five or six shots, we believe in the air. And we believe that he is serious about hurting himself or possibly others.”
There are two schools in the area, Granite Park Middle School and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, that are on lockdown right now. One bus is leaving at a time. If any parents want to go pick up their children, they have to bring identification with them. Right now no students are being released to any parent without ID.