Police Use Tear Gas to End Standoff

Police Use Tear Gas to End Standoff

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Debbie Dujanovic reporting Mario Sotello is in custody this morning, a repeat offender who has served time for drug possession, theft and forgery.

He was on parole for the sixth time when the stand off happened. Now he could be heading straight back to prison.

Police came to a central Ogden apartment shortly after 1 pm yesterday to arrest Sotello on a warrant for leaving an Ogden halfway house in March.

The officers were greeted with the sound of gunfire and the warning from Sotello that he had a hostage. Then just after 9 pm they threw in tear gas canisters and went in after the fugitive.

Sotello fired several shots, but no one was wounded. He and the hostage were taken into custody.

There was a question if the man being held by Sotello was in fact a hostage or a friend, but police say they would rather be on the safe side.

This was not the first time police have been involved in a standoff with Sotello. In 2001 he held his girlfriend and her young son at gunpoint before surrendering to police.

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