Police shoot suspect during standoff


LAYTON—Police shot a man last Friday night after he fired at them during a three-hour standoff at a Layton home.

Layton police responded May 4 about 11:30 p.m. to a call from a young woman who reported that an adult family member who was intoxicated had called her and was threatening to commit suicide. She told dispatch he had guns in the home, according to police.

When officers arrived they set up a perimeter around the home near 1950 N. Avalon St. They made contact with the 44-year-old man and confirmed he did sound intoxicated, was threatening suicide and stated he wanted officers to shoot him, a release said.

Crisis negotiators periodically talked to the man by phone over the course of nearly three hours in an attempt to peacefully resolve the situation. According to police, he was upset over domestic issues from earlier in the day and repeatedly stated that he wanted officers to shoot him.

Things escalated when the man started firing off rounds inside the home, then came outside and repeatedly fired off rounds in the front yard. He continued to do this throughout the almost three hour period, going in and out of the house firing numerous rounds with both a handgun and a rifle, authorities said.

Around 2:30 a.m. the man was in the front yard firing off rounds again when his actions prompted a Layton officer to shoot him. He was taken into custody and transported to Davis Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Medical personnel reported he was expected to survive, police said.

Authorities said residents in the immediate area were advised to shelter in place during the incident. No other residents or officers were injured.

The Davis County Critical Incident Protocol Team is conducting the investigation and the officer was placed on standard administrative leave. The man’s name had not been released as of press time.

             bginos@davisclipper.com

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