Police: Man made false report about gunman at Wal-Mart in effort to distract officers, avoid arrest

Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 19:20:07-05

LOGAN, Utah — Police in Logan City received a report of a man with a gun who was going to start shooting in a Wal-Mart Thursday afternoon, but officers later determined the fraudulent report was made by a man trying to distract police and prevent his anticipated arrest.

Logan City Police Department stated the 911 call was made around 1:44 p.m. concerning the Wal-Mart in Logan on 1150 South Main Street. Officers responded to the scene but quickly determined the threat was unsubstantiated.

Police investigated and learned the call was made by a suspect who appears to have been stopped by Logan PD for a few minor traffic violations. The man gave an officer false information during that stop, and, fearing arrest, officers believe he called 911 to report a man with a gun, “to lure the officer to a more important public safety call.”

Police responded to that suspect’s home and confirmed he was inside, but initially he refused to come outside or speak with officers. Police stated as of about 5 p.m. that the man had been taken into custody without further incident.

His identity has not yet been released, and it is unclear at this time what charges the man may face.