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Two Arrested After Alleged Vehicle Theft, SWAT Standoff; Police Searching For Third Suspect

File photo of a Unified Police Department squad vehicle. (KSL TV)

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Two people were taken into custody and officers were searching for a third person after a SWAT standoff in Taylorsville that followed an alleged vehicle burglary in Sandy.

Detective Ken Hansen with the Unified Police Department said the incident started in Sandy around 1 a.m. Saturday.

A Midvale officer noticed the vehicle and another car entering northbound Interstate 15 at 7200 South. Hansen said the officer thought it was a road rage incident and he began to pursue.

Once the cars were on I-15, officers said someone in the suspects’ vehicle fired a gun at the second car.

The suspects’ proceeded to I-215 and exited at Redwood Road, where another Unified officer picked them up at 2200 West and Quailstone Drive.

Hansen said the suspects drove to a home near 2300 West and 4805 South, and three people exited the vehicle. Police added the home was known to one of the suspects and he had received “permission in the past to enter for emergencies.”

One person was arrested by a responding K-9 officer, and at least one suspect entered the home.

Hansen said officers then hear a gun fired inside the home, and the SWAT team was called in to set up containment and negotiations.

Two occupants exited the home, claiming no one else was inside. However, police obtained a search warrant and found a second suspect from the chase, who was taken into custody.

UPD identified the suspects as 34-year-old Samani Sekona, of Salt Lake City, and 26-year-old Siosiane Taufa, of SLC. The third suspect was still outstanding as of 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Taufa was being held due to an outstanding warrant related to a kidnapping incident in November.

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