A man who police say attacked a Midvale officer, briefly held a man hostage and then engaged in a standoff with a SWAT team was arrested Monday after police used a "flash-bang" device to get negotiations moving a little faster.
The incident began about 3 a.m. when an officer tried to make a routine traffic stop, said Midvale Police Capt. Steve Shreeve. The driver produced a fake ID, after which the officer attempted to arrest him. A struggle ensued, prompting the officer to use his Taser, Shreeve said.
However, the man pulled the Taser probes out of his body, punched the officer in the eye and fled, Shreeve said. The man ran to an apartment complex near 7200 South and 300 West and went inside one of the units.
About 15 minutes later, a tenant ran out to police saying that he had escaped from the man, who was still in his apartment, Shreeve said. For the next three hours, a SWAT team surrounded the complex and tried to persuade the man to surrender.
Police said they had trouble getting in contact with the man. The SWAT team eventually decided to throw a "flash-bang" device into the apartment to get his attention. The firecracker-like device, designed to temporarily disorient suspects before police enter, gives off a loud booming noise and a bright flash of light.
Shortly after, police were able to talk to the man and persuade him to surrender at about 7:30 a.m.He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping. He was being held Monday on no bail.
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