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Police say man suspected of holding woman against her will is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Posted at 8:06 AM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 13:33:52-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A man who held a woman against her will and barricaded himself inside a West Valley City home has died of a  self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police were sent to the home in the area of 6400 West and 4100 South around 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

"Dispatch Center received reports of shots fired in a home with an adult female being held against her will," Lt. Steve Katz said.

The woman called from the home, saying her boyfriend had fired a gun inside the home and would not allow her to leave.

She was able to get out of the home, but investigators had yet to determine if she escaped, or the boyfriend let her go.

"Our patrol officers responded and we've established a containment," Lt. Steve Katz said. "Since then our TAC Team has responded, our SWAT team, and we're actively engaging and attempting to make contact with an individual in the home."

Police negotiated with the man, described only as being 52-years-old, for several hours, asking him to put down the gun and walk outside.

At one point, officers heard a gunshot from inside the house, and communication from the man ceased.

Officers entered the home just before 10:00 a.m., and found the man deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.