UPDATE: Stray bullets hit homes, car, in West Jordan SWAT standoff as suspect booked into jail

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FRIDAY 7/23/2021 6:45 p.m.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – Police say the man who fired shots from a West Jordan home is being booked into jail and could face a number of felony charges after randomly going into a home and firing shots into the neighborhood.

On Friday evening, an upstairs window could be seen punctured with what appeared to be bullets; so, too, did the front door. A vehicle parked outside had a window shattered as well.

Across the street, some homes had been struck by bullets.

The suspect eventually gave himself up peacefully after the morning stand off. Police acknowledge that what happened here could have lead to a serious or even a fatal outcome — for the suspect, or even neighbors whose homes were struck by bullets.

Police told ABC4 the man, in his 20s, appears to have randomly chosen the home.

FRIDAY 7/23/2021 11:51 a.m.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – A man has been taken into custody after a standoff in West Jordan Friday morning,

Multiple agencies were called to a home along Decora Way after shots were reportedly fired at around 9 a.m. LT. Richard Bell with West Jordan Police say they found a man who was firing shots from inside a home.

At first, officers say they did not know where shots were coming from.

Lt. Bell says rounds were shot through the front door and windows of the home.

People in the area were safely evacuated, and, after some time, police say they were able to take the man into custody.

One person in handcuffs was seen being loaded into an ambulance.

ORIGINAL STORY: SWAT standoff reported in West Jordan

FRIDAY 7/23/2021 10:16 a.m.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – Authorities and a SWAT team are responding to a standoff in West Jordan.

The incident has been reported along Decora Way, not far from the South Valley Regional Airport.

In the slideshow of photos above, you can see multiple units parked within a residential area. It is currently unclear which residence officers are focused on.

Authorities tell ABC4 crews were called to one home after reports of shots fired Friday morning.

If you live in the area, you are asked to remain in your home. Others are asked to avoid the neighborhood at this time.

Few details are known at this time; ABC4 has a crew on scene working to gather information.

On Tuesday, police were called to a residence near Redwood Road in Salt Lake City. Upon arrival, officers were able to make contact with the suspect, who then fired several shots at police.

Officers were able to take cover and return fire. Eventually, police and a SWAT team were able to gain access to the residence, where they found 42-year-old Nevada Escholt dead.

Court records show Escholt was charged with three counts of aggravated assault; intoxication; and purchasing, transferring, possessing, or using a dangerous weapon by a restricted person in May after he allegedly threatening people he thought were part of a rival gang with a knife. After being taken into custody for that incident, authorities say Escholt tried to kick and headbutt staff members.

Escholt was charged Tuesday with tampering with a witness and retaliating against a witness or victim. According to court documents, Escholt allegedly used a Facebook account with an alias to message a victim.

More details about the incident are expected to be released in the coming days.

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