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Residents of Herriman have been told to shelter in place due to the police standoff

HERRIMAN, Utah — Residents of an area of ​​Herriman were told to “shelter in place” Sunday night as police respond to a tense situation with a veteran who is going through a mental health crisis.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., the man called the Herriman Police Department and told them he was considering suicide. They negotiated with him for about two hours, but Herriman City Police Deputy Chief Cody Stromberg said the negotiation efforts “deteriorated.”

After about two hours, police said the man fired shots outside his home and into the neighborhood with a rifle. It was then that the department took steps to keep the public safe, including sending out an alert to cellphones around 6 p.m., advising nearby residents to shelter in place and, if possible, to do so. in a basement.

The scene is located near 13000 South and 5100 West.

Police said the man threatened to harm himself and shoot officers if they entered his home, according to Stromberg. He has not threatened anyone beyond that, but police are taking precautions to ensure the safety of anyone nearby. Police said he continued to fire random shots throughout the ongoing negotiations.

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At one point, the man also called family members and National Guard commanders. Stromberg said the man was a veteran and may have post-traumatic stress disorder. The negotiators are still in direct communication with him, and they have also consulted with his family and members of his guard unit to try to end the situation peacefully.

Residents outside Herriman, from Midvale to Lehi, reported receiving alerts on their phones to shelter in place for the incident. Police said this may have been due to cell towers, which cannot always determine the exact location of users’ phones.

Lehi police assured residents there was no such situation in their town, and Unified Police told FOX 13 News that alerts sent to non-Herriman residents referenced the same incident. Herriman Police also issued a clarification that only residents of the “Downtown” area should shelter in place.

This breaking news will be updated as new information becomes available.

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For those with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can now be contacted by simply dialing 988 anytime for free assistance. Resources are also available online at utahsuicideprevention.org.