A South Jordan man is in a valley mental health facility after police Sunday coaxed him from his home where he had barricaded himself with 15 guns for nearly 14 hours, a South Jordan police official said.
Police responded to a medical emergency at the distraught man's home, in the area of 38th West and 97th South about 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Lindsey Shephard said."When we arrived there was an individual who was very upset and didn't want to talk or have anything to do with police," Shephard said.
After darkness Saturday night, the man fired three shots inside his home, apparently thinking that someone was at his door, Shep-hard said.
No one, however, was injured in the incident, he said.
Between seven and 14 law officers were on the scene throughout the night, he said.
South Jordan police, initially assisted by Salt Lake County deputy sheriffs and then by West Jordan officers, were able to maintain telephone contact with the man, Shep-hard said.
After talking with friends and negotiating with police, the man put down his guns and turned himself in about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Shep-hard said.
Once the man was taken into custody, police found his home ransacked and discovered 15 weapons, including a .38-caliber pistol and several high-powered rifles. The man was apparently a gun collector and had several old weapons in the house, Shephard said.
Shephard would not identify where the man was being held but said the man was at a Salt Lake facility.