Man Seen with Rifle on Mall Roof Arrested

Man Seen with Rifle on Mall Roof Arrested

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(Salt Lake City- KSL News/AP) -- The terrifying site of a sniper on the roof of a busy shopping center led police on a manhunt that ends after a standoff Monday afternoon.

Salt Lake detective Dwayne Baird says the man, later identified as Michael Ferguson, was first noticed by an officer who saw him with cables and carrying a coat climbing to the roof of Media Play.

Ferguson told the officer that he was repairing something on the roof, but the officer told the man to wait while he climbed to the roof.

Police say when the officer got to the roof, Ferguson had left the area, leaving behind a 30-30 lever action rifle wrapped in a coat. It was loaded with five or six bullets.

Police tracked Ferguson to his sisters South Salt Lake home. S.W.A.T teams geared up after Ferguson would not come out of the home. He did eventually surrender peacefully.

Michael Ferguson was arrested late today for illegal gun possession and violating a protective order. Police believe that he was planning to murder his estranged wife.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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