A man armed with two large-caliber handguns and vowing,"I won't be taken alive," caused tense moments at a South Salt Lake apartment complex Monday night before he surrendered to police.
About a dozen officers surrounded the complex at 394 E. 2700 South after receiving a call about 11 p.m. The caller reported a man was holding a .357 caliber pistol to his 6-year-old son's head and threatening to kill the boy.Police said the man had been in California but came to Utah to "work on solving a family dispute" with his wife. After drinking alcohol, the man reportedly grabbed his son and told family members he would kill the boy. He also threatened his 23-year-old stepson when he tried to coax the man into letting the younger child go free, Lt. Bill Gray said. The man was armed with a .44 magnum and a .357 caliber handgun.
The man apparently fled the apartment. About an hour later, he called the police. South Salt Lake officers booked the 32-year-old man into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault.