TAYLORSVILLE — A man suspected of burglarizing one home and barricading himself inside another has been arrested following a standoff with police.
The man kicked in a window and broke into the home after police responding to a call of a burglary at another house in the area spotted him walking down the street, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said.
The home was empty at the time with the exception of a dog, which ended up in the backyard, but officers were concerned about the chance there were firearms in the home, Rivera said.
"It's extremely dangerous when you know that there's a potential there's weapons in the house," Rivera said. "Fortunately the family wasn't home."
Officers and police K-9s surrounded the home near 5600 South and Bree Street in Taylorsville. The man initially didn't respond to calls to come out, Rivera said.Comment on this story
The incident began about 2 p.m., Rivera said. Police sent a dog in after the man about two hours later, leading to his arrest.
The man, who police identified as 21-year-old James Schmidt, was being treated for a dog bite before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
Police maintained a heavy presence in the area during the incident, Rivera noted.
"In these types of cases we need a lot of response, we want to make sure the citizens are safe," Rivera said. "We call a lot of people out on these types of calls."
— McKenzie Romero