UPDATE (9:45 am 10/14/19) Police have identified the suspect involved in a SWAT standoff in Millcreek as 61-year-old Richard Lindem.
He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of third-degree felony child abuse, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.
Booking records show officers responded to the Millcreek neighborhood on reports of shots fired just before 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Upon officers arrival, they were informed Lindem approached his two son’s, ages 6 & 9 and punched them in the head for riding small motorcycles around their neighborhood. The man ran over to help the boys when Lindem pulled out a small black handgun from his waist and pointed it at him then fired several rounds at them, documents state.
No one was injured as a result of the firearm discharge.
As officers began searching for Lindem, a witness informed them she had the incident captured on her home surveillance system and offered it to the officers.
Investigators reviewed the surveillance which clearly shows the male approach the younger boy and punch him in the head area. The boy was wearing a helmet.
Several witnesses were able to identify the suspect as Lindem who lived on Doreen St., which was around the corner from the scene.
Officers were able to set a perimeter around the home and attempt to make contact with Lindem. SWAT was deployed and eventually made contact with Lindem who had barricaded in his home. Documents state Lindem was found to be heavily intoxicated when contact was made with him.
Richard was taken into custody and later transported to the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center
A background check shows no criminal history in Utah for Lindem.
UPDATE (8:30 pm) Police have taken the suspect barricaded in a Millcreek home Sunday night into custody.
Police have not yet released his identity.
MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police are on scene of a barricaded man in Millcreek near Doreen Street and Gordon Lane, according to Unified Police Department.
UPD Detective Kevin Mallory said the suspect barricaded himself in his home just after 3 p.m. after getting upset about kids riding dirt bikes in the area.
Officials believe the suspect punched the boy several times and was then confronted by one of the children’s parents. The suspect then pulled out a gun and fired several shots but missed hitting the man.
Police did say they heard a gunshot from inside the home around 4 p.m. but he was later taken into custody safely.
“Our SWAT team was called out,” said Det. Mallory. “We made attempts to try and negotiate with him to get him to come out on his own, and now a couple of hours into it we’ve been able to take him into custody without incident.”
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