SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Just before 4:30 Monday afternoon, Unified police received a call of a domestic dispute. Shots were fired when officials arrived on scene.
"When our first couple of officers arrived as they were approaching the house, they heard approximately two gunshots from the house. They backed off, took a defensive position, called for other resources,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke with Unified Police Department.
Officials said a man barricaded himself inside. They said at least two people were held hostage for two hours. The entire neighborhood was asked to shelter-in-place.
"We have evacuated homes in the immediate vicinity. Others have been sheltered in place,” said Lohrke.
Neighbors said they were worried when they heard the commotion.
"Oh, super surprised. This is a great neighborhood. We’ve never had any big problems like this. We have a lot of police officers on the streets. Nothing like this has happened, ever,” said Brandon Davis.”
The male suspect, later identified as Frank Asifoa, 46, surrendered just before 6:30 p.m.. No one was injured.
"This is a perfect example. Take our time, negotiate, talk to them, find out what their issues are and then work it out. It’s the safest way in these situation,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera.
Asifoa was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on felony charges of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately