Utah Man In Standoff Was Wanted In Shooting

Apr 17, 2019, 2:18 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:11 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a police standoff with an armed suspect at a fast-food restaurant in Utah (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Authorities say they had been searching since Saturday for a Utah man who barricaded himself inside a fast-food restaurant during an overnight police standoff.

Cottonwood Heights Police Lt. Dan Bartlett said Wednesday that 36-year-old Joshua B. Williams is suspected of firing at a woman Saturday who was letting him stay in her house. Bartlett says the woman wasn’t hurt.

Bartlett says officers were in the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna, Utah, on Tuesday looking for Williams when he locked himself inside a Burger King bathroom. After a six-hour standoff, Williams turned himself in.

Bartlett says Williams will be booked on suspicion of unlawful detention and aggravated assault. He says it’s not a domestic violence case as Unified Police had said because Williams wasn’t in a relationship with the homeowner.

It was not immediately known if Williams has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.


12:05 p.m.

Authorities say a Utah man who barricaded himself inside a fast-food restaurant in the Salt Lake City area overnight fired several shots at police during a six-hour standoff that ended when he surrendered.

Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray said Wednesday that 36-year-old Joshua B. Williams was wanted in a domestic violence kidnapping case.

Gray says no officers or restaurant employees were hurt.

The standoff started at about 11 p.m. Tuesday when employees at a Burger King in Magna, Utah, reported that Williams was locked in the bathroom.

Gray says Williams pointed his gun at officers when they arrived. Officers evacuated along with the Burger King employees, set up a perimeter and called in the SWAT team.

Williams turned himself in at about 5:30 a.m. after police filled the restaurant with tear gas.


5:49 a.m.

A police standoff with an armed suspect at a fast-food restaurant in Utah has ended with the man taken into custody.

Officers were called to the Burger King in the town of Magna late Tuesday night about a man barricaded in a bathroom. According to broadcast reports, shots were fired.

Magna is about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Salt Lake City.

The Unified Police Department tweeted early Wednesday that the situation was resolved and one person is in custody. The person’s name has not been released and police have not provided additional details.

Nearby schools will be open.

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Utah Man In Standoff Was Wanted In Shooting