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Police: Suspect Who Barricaded Himself Inside Home Taken Into Custody

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A man wanted on drug and weapons felony charges is in police custody following a stand-off early Tuesday morning.

According to Salt Lake City Police, Timothy Gurule, 64, was wanted on outstanding warrants for felony weapons and drugs.

Police said they received a tip he was inside the home, located at 547 S. Redwood Road, and responded to arrest him shortly before 8 a.m.

Photo: Garna Mejia

Photo: Garna Mejia

Authorities said they’ve been to the home before.

When Gurule refused to comply with officers, officials said they took extra safety precautions and called the SWAT and Crisis Intervention teams. They closed Redwood Road between 800 and 500 South during the incident.

Edison Elementary School was also placed on a lockout since it was within line of sight of the home where Gurule was located.

“We treated it as if he might be armed because we had past dealings with his weapons charges that he has … so we took this very seriously and made sure the public was safe,” said SLCPD Public Information Officer Det. Greg Wilking.

In the meantime, the neighboring apartment complex, Eagle’s Landing, was also partially blocked off as people who live there shared with us.

“We’ve lived here for four years, and this is the second time they have been to this location,” said resident Stephen Merrill. “The first time carried well into the night. They had a chopper with a spotlight. But this time it seems a lot more escalated.”

Authorities said no one else was inside with Gurule at the time he surrendered to negotiators. Wilking said he may be facing more charges in addition to those related to the drug and weapons warrants.

 

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