Suspect in Roy SWAT standoff punched officer, officials say

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ROY CITY (News4Utah)- A SWAT standoff in Roy ended with an officer getting punched, officials said.

According to Det. Josh Taylor with Roy City Police, it started as a fight between family members. During the argument, Det. Taylor said the suspect pulled out a gun. He later barricaded himself inside the home.

Officers say they were called to the home located near 5800 South 2600 West around 7 a.m. to try and make contact with the suspect, later identified 48-year-old as James Edward Williams. When they arrived Det. Taylor said the door to the home opened by itself, but the “suspect would not respond to officer’s commands and was not visible.”

SWAT was called to the scene because of the possibility that Williams had a weapon, officials said.

After a few hours members of the SWAT team were able to make contact with the man, but Det. Taylor said he resisted arrest and punched an officer. Luckily, Det. Taylor said the officer is OK. 

Williams was arrested and faces several charges including assault on a police officer. 

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