UPD names man involved in Wednesday morning Magna standoff

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MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 News) — Police say 36-year-old Joshua William is in custody after seven-hour standoff in Magna.

It happened at the Burger King located on Magna Main Street and about 8400 West.

Employees working inside the Burger King told ABC4 News’ Jason Nguyen things were very tense. They said around 10 p.m. on Tuesday a man walked into a bathroom and wouldn’t leave for an hour. So they called the police and five officers showed up.

“When officers arrived, they tried to make contact with him and the male produced and pointed a gun at officers. The officers were able to retreat back and contain him in the restroom while other officers evacuated the other customers and employees from the burger king,” said Detective Kevin Mallory with the Unified Police Department.

During the standoff police say Williams fired a pistol several times while inside the bathroom.

“There were no injuries to any officers or bystanders or anything like that,” Det. Mallory added.

A SWAT team was called in while negotiators talked with the man.

SWAT officers deployed dozens of tear gas canisters and tried to use a robot to get the man out but nothing worked until William’s was ready around 5:30 am Wednesday morning.

“He had indicated that he wanted to come out, so that was facilitated by our SWAT team. They worked on getting him out because there was damage to the restroom door that required a little bit of assistance but he did out willingly,” said the detective.

Employees at the Burger King said they are glad things ended the way it did and they hope the man gets the help he needs.

The Burger King where the man barricaded himself saw some damage during the standoff.

Police turned it over to the managers but they don’t know when they will be able to open back up.

Police are also looking into a possible link involving William and a recent case out of Cottonwood Heights. A spokesperson with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department says Unified Police will be taking over that case. ABC4 News inquired about it but have not heard back from Unified Police.

The Burger King where the man barricaded himself saw some damage during the standoff.

Police turned it over to the managers but they don’t know when they will be able to open back up today.

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