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Police investigate stabbing and SWAT standoff at SLC


SALT LAKE CITY – Police are investigating what led to a stabbing and SWAT standoff in Salt Lake City on Sunday morning.

Salt Lake City Police Department officials said a 37-year-old man was stabbed multiple times after a brawl broke out at a nighttime party on Ashton Avenue.

When the police arrived, nine people barricaded themselves inside the house, according to the police, and refused calls to leave.

“We hit. Some people came out. Some people refused, ”said the det. Marie Stewart with the SLCPD. “In an abundance of precaution, we called on SWAT and crisis negotiators.”

Late Saturday night, witnesses saw a group of people hanging out, laughing and drinking on the porch.

“There was like a big neon sign in the window that said ‘open bar’,” said Jason Wheelock, who witnessed the standoff. “So it seemed to me like it was some sort of college party – younger kids having fun drinking in a house.”

But detectives said the party abruptly ended when words were exchanged and someone pulled out a knife.

The police were called at 5 a.m. on Sunday.

They found the victim at a nearby medical facility and worked back from there to identify where the stabbing took place.

“I woke up and heard police on a mega phone,” Wheelock said. “He was basically ordering a guy out of the house. And I looked out and saw some guns drawn, and a young man come out of the house with his hands up.

Police said the standoff lasted another five hours before those held inside the house gave up and left.

“Our endgame is always a peaceful resolution and that’s what we got here,” said Stewart.

Police took nine people into custody, but then released everyone without charge.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The identity of the victim was not disclosed.



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