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SWAT team sent to St. George neighborhood after 911 call left open

St. George 911 Call
Posted at 11:36 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 13:36:39-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A SWAT team were called out to a St. George neighborhood Wednesday morning after a call was placed to 911, but no one spoke on the other end.

The St. George News reports the call was placed before 4 a.m. and the dispatcher was able to hear a woman crying out in the background. The woman was heard asking another person to get medical attention before "they bleed out."

Since it was undetermined what the issue was, a SWAT team was sent to the address and staged in a nearby parking lot.

A negotiator was able to make contact with the woman heard in the 911 call and bring her outside. The woman told police officers she had called 911 to get help for a man who had refused to go to the hospital.

Police left the scene after the man said he did not wish to go to the hospital and was not seriously injured.

“We can’t make someone get medical attention if they refuse, which he had every right to do,” said St. George Police Officer Tiffany Atkin.

Atkin said police erred on the side of caution by sending officers to the address after receiving the 911 call without speaking to anyone.