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SWAT uses gas to end standoff, arrest known gang member

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 16:51:01-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Unified Police officers were involved in an early morning standoff Saturday, and they said it resulted in putting a known gang member behind bars.

Police officials said 30-year-old Emmitt Ray Dunkin was wanted in connection with an assault that took place in the Roosevelt area about three weeks ago. Lt. Justin Hoyal, Unified Police Department, said Dunkin is a known gang member and was known to be armed.

Detectives from the department’s Joint Criminal Apprehension Team tracked Dunkin to an apartment unit near 3990 South Clubhouse Drive in Taylorsville. Detectives made contact, and two adults and two children came out of the apartment and said Dunkin was inside but refusing to come out.

At around 3 a.m. A Unified Police Department SWAT team was called in to negotiate with Dunkin. Negotiations were not successful.

Hoyal said officers used tear gas to force the victim out into the open around 5 a.m.

"Gas is one of those things that the team will use that is very irritating to the suspects and it will force them to come out of the apartment,” he said.

Dunkin came out of the home once the gas was used, and he was taken into custody without further incident.