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Man who evaded SWAT response in South Salt Lake turns himself in after calling his mother

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 14:22:32-05

SOUTH SALT LAKE —A man who evaded police after a SWAT response in South Salt Lake Wednesday night turned himself into police after a conversation with his mother.

Gary Keller, an Executive Officer for South Salt Lake Police, confirms 52-year-old James Doyle McCormick was arrested after he surrendered himself to Murray Police around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

McCormick was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on an existing charge for aggravated domestic violence. Charging documents indicate he stomped on his girlfriend's neck, causing spinal injuries.

Police tried to arrest McCormick in connection with that charge Wednesday night by initiating a traffic stop near 3300 South, but the man fled to his home near 100 East Cordelia Avenue.

SWAT responded to the home, and after about five hours they determined there was no one inside.  Police believe he escaped before containment was set up in the area.

McCormick eventually surrendered to authorities.

"We had police everywhere but he had eluded the containment last night," Keller said. "Shortly after that, our SWAT team was cleaning up, we got information that he had called his mother and was at the Murray Police Department... and had surrendered himself to the Murray Police" Keller said.

The incident is one of two SWAT responses in Utah Wednesday, as there was a SWAT standoff in Provo that lasted five hours.