MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A 58-year-old man is dead following a police standoff in east Millcreek.
Unified Police said the unidentified man shot himself while they were attempting to negotiate with him.
The standoff was near 3860 East and 3495 South.
“I heard two loud bangs and we opened up the window to hear more,” said Nicholas Pettegrew who lives nearby.
Those flash bangs startled neighbors but were part of the strategy a Unified Police swat team used to end a seven-hour standoff. Inside the home was a 58-year-old man who police said refused to come out. His wife notified police at around 3:30 Monday morning following a domestic disturbance.
“We heard bullhorn talking ‘get out of the house, come out, come out now and this was repeated for 5 to 10 minutes,” Pettegrew said.
Police later identified the man as Randy Davis. Authorities said Davis’ wife was not seriously injured but was concerned enough with his state of mind.
“He made suicidal threats and had a gun,” said Lt Brian Lohrke with Unified Police.
Despite those ongoing negotiations police said Davis would not come out. Shortly after 11, another sound startled the Pettegrews.
“There was a single muffled shot,” said Pettegrew.
“Or some sort of loud, not as quite as loud as earlier,” said his wife, Brooke Pettegrew.
Police confirmed it was gunfire.
“SWAT operators immediately tried to breech the door and slowly made their way inside the home,” said Lt. Lohrke. “They of course were worried about the condition of the male inside but also cautious as to any harm to themselves.”
He said the SWAT team used a robot inside the home to assess the danger. They were unsure if the 58-year-old man was still a threat. He wasn’t.
“They found a 58-year-old male with a gunshot wound in the master bedroom appeared to be self-inflicted,” said Lt. Lohrke.
For the Pettegrews who were watching the eclipse during the standoff, the scene seemed surreal.
“It was a little eerier, police, weird lightning and shots in our backyard,” said Brooke Pettegrew.
Police had a different a different perspective.
“It’s a sad situation, not the ending we wanted,” said Lt. Lohrke. “We attempted communications for as long as we could. Those communications did break down.”
Police have not had any history of domestic violence coming from the house.