EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah – Officials with the city of Eagle Mountain sent out an alert Saturday afternoon and asked residents to avoid the area near the Overland Trails phase 3 subdivision due to a police response, and a suspect was later taken into custody.
Police booked 59-year-old James Wayne Bodrero into the Utah County Jail on felony domestic violence and child abuse charges after the standoff with SWAT.
The alert was sent sometime around 4:30 p.m. and said people should avoid the subdivision, located on the west side of Pony Express and south of Eagle Mountain Boulevard. The alert stated that the streets of Shallow Water Road, Deep Water Road and Springwater Way should be avoided “due to a police response.”
Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said an individual had barricaded themselves in an Eagle Mountain home as part of a domestic violence situation that began Friday night. SWAT personnel were part of the response, and officials said they were working to negotiate a peaceful surrender.
According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, police became aware of the incident after a woman sought treatment for injuries she’d sustained Friday night. She reported her husband had assaulted their sons, ages 8 and 10, with a broom handle and then assaulted her. The boys sustained minor injuries and the woman injuries that were more serious but were not life threatening.
The woman told police Bodrero threatened to harm anyone who responded if she called police, but the woman called 911 twice during the altercation. Both times, the suspect destroyed the phones the victim tried to use. The woman also reported to police that there were firearms in the home. The suspect reportedly told a neighbor that the suspect wanted police to kill him.
Deputies contacted the suspect, who initially refused to come out. The Lehi Police Department and Utah County Metro SWAT responded. The man surrendered after several hours.
He was booked into jail on aggravated assault, domestic violence as a third-degree felony, aggravated child abuse as a third-degree felony, two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child as class B misdemeanors and 2 counts of interruption of communication device.