LOCAL NEWS

Emergency ‘Shelter In Place’ Alert Accidentally Sent To 4 Counties

Jul 12, 2020, 10:34 PM | Updated: Jul 13, 2020, 10:17 am

WEST HAVEN, Utah – An emergency alert startled many people awake just before 2 a.m. Sunday, telling them to shelter in place, but giving few other details.

A SWAT situation was underway in West Haven, but the alert accidentally went out a lot further than that.

The alert went out at 1:47 a.m. Sunday, and this is all it said: “Emergency alert: Extreme. WCSO (Weber County Sheriff’s Office) is requesting all residents to shelter in place at this time.”

“I was just really confused about what exactly was going on,” said Keenan Price, who lives in Roy. “I had no clue what WCSO was and I didn’t know why we were sheltering in place, like was there a riot going on? Like is someone driving around shooting people? I just had no clue what was going on.”

A SWAT situation unfolded near 2150 West and 3150 South Saturday night, after deputies responded to a call of an intoxicated person.

“Upon arrival, deputies did attempt contact at the door. When they didn’t gain contact, they stepped back and shortly after that, shots were fired through the house,” said Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Nealy Adams.

Adams said someone from inside the house fired shots toward deputies and medical crews. That’s when they called in SWAT, evacuated neighboring homes, and sent out the emergency alert.

The SWAT team made entrance into the home several hours after shots were fired and found a 40-year-old man dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tyler Sugden lives on the same street and even found a bullet in his driveway, but he wasn’t evacuated. In fact, he didn’t even get the emergency alert.

“I was just kind of surprised we didn’t get it, even living this close to it,” said Sugden. “It would have been nice just because if there was some bigger things that took place, we would have been prepared for it.”

While Tyler didn’t get the alert, we heard from folks in Brigham City who did.

Authorities said it went out to people in four counties: Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Box Elder. That was an accident.

“The message was supposed to go out about a half-mile to-a- mile from the incident. The message ended up being sent out on a larger scale,” said Adams. “I would say that that was a human error, putting it into the wrong program.”

Adams said the alert was vague and there’s usually more information. He also said they typically send a second alert giving the all clear, which doesn’t seem to have happened.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Use this only in CNN article...
Jeff Zeleny and Alex Rogers, CNN

Could Republicans lose a Senate race in deep-red Utah?

In fewer than five weeks, the Utah Senate race will determine whether Sen. Mike Lee or Evan McMullin will be the wiser course for a conservative seeking elected office.
16 hours ago
CARSON, CA - MAY 20: Musician Hayley Williams of Paramore performs onstage at KROQ Weenie Roast y F...
Eliza Pace

Paramore addresses assault at SLC concert, condemns violence, homophobia

The popular band Paramore shared a statement on Instagram regarding a physical and verbal assault that occurred at their concert Tuesday night. 
16 hours ago
A raft carrying Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, his wife, Ann, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., floats d...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How will lower Colorado River flows impact Utah business, way of life?

Utah continues to suffer from ongoing drought and depleted water supplies, Gene Shawcroft, chairman of the Colorado River Authority of Utah believes the way residents and businesses water their lawns has to change.
16 hours ago
A single vehicle veered off of the roadway and struck a power pole. (Clearfield PD)...
Brooke Williams

Clearfield power outage due to a vehicle crashing into power pole Wednesday

A car hit a power pole in Clearfield, making the road close and power out for hours.
16 hours ago
The Utah Bionic Leg it uses motors, processors, and advanced artificial intelligence to give ampute...
Tamara Vaifanua

The U unveils world’s most advanced bionic leg

A major announcement from the University of Utah Wednesday afternoon that could help people who have lost a leg walk freely again.
16 hours ago
Intersection where motorcyclist and Jeep crashed....
Brooke Williams

Biker in extremely critical condition after being hit by Jeep in Millcreek

A biker is in extremely critical condition after colliding with a Jeep this morning.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Emergency ‘Shelter In Place’ Alert Accidentally Sent To 4 Counties