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Shelter-in-place order lifted after SWAT team called to Provo home

Posted at 8:10 PM, Apr 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 14:29:07-04

PROVO, Utah — Residents of a Provo neighborhood are no longer under a shelter-in-place order after police deployed a SWAT team to resolve a domestic violence call Sunday night.

According to Provo PD, the incident began shortly before 6 p.m. when a man was reported to have violated a protective order by locking two people in a home near 2800 W 100 N.

A relative of one of the alleged victims arrived at the home and was assaulted, police said.

"The officers that responded were informed that [Vardan] Verdyan had a firearm and threatened to use it," a statement from Provo PD said.

As officers attempted to make contact with Verdyan, the two people who were locked in the home managed to escape and Verdyan barricaded himself inside, the statement said.

Verdyan eventually surrendered to law enforcement officers peacefully. He was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, violation of a protective order and domestic violence assault in the presence of a child.

Police said a search warrant served at the home yielded the discovery of numerous firearms.

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During the standoff, police issued a shelter-in-place order to residents within a 1/4-mile radius of the home. Provo PD later thanked the residents for their cooperation and support.