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Taylorsville domestic violence suspect who caused SWAT response identified

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Apr 17, 2021

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A suspect was arrested Saturday evening after a standoff with SWAT in Taylorsville that lasted more than four hours.

Police were called to the home near 5350 S. Queenswood (approximately 3600 West) around 4:15 p.m. on reports of a domestic violence incident between a father and son.

When officers arrived, they found the father injured, and he was taken to a hospital. The severity of his injuries is not known.

Police say the situation escalated, and the son barricaded himself inside the home. SWAT was called in, and the son fired shots at them from inside.

Police fired back, but it is not yet known whether the suspect was hit.

At the scene, bullet holes were visible on the garage doors of at least one nearby home.

Around 8 p.m., tear gas was deployed. Police were also heard using a megaphone ordering the suspect to surrender and leave the house.

Just before 10 p.m., Unified Police announced that the suspect had been taken into custody.

He was identified Sunday as 43-year-old Ben M. Williams Jr.


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  • 1-800-897-LINK (5465)

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately