SANDY, Utah – A SWAT standoff in Sandy is showing how police are reacting to the recent increase in violence against officers.
Sandy Police responded to a domestic disturbance near 8100 South 1300 East early Friday morning. They say an estranged son tried to enter his parents’ apartment with a gun.
When they refused to let him in, he went to his car and fell asleep. The parents called police, who responded with the SWAT team.
After two and a half hours, officers forced the suspect out of his car. He is identified as 18-year-old Dominick Curran-Weber.
“We do not rush these situations,” said Lt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department. “We don’t want to force the hand of an individual who may not be thinking rationally at the moment.”
Carriger says recent incidents, like the New Year’s Eve shooting of an officer in Colorado, are causing police departments to take extra precautions when a suspect is believed to have a gun.
“In light of all the shootings around the country right now, especially in domestic violence situations, they are extremely dangerous,” Carriger said.
Curran-Weber was found to have just a B.B. gun. However, the threat of gun violence is enough to call the SWAT team.
“They are volatile, emotions are high, and people act contrary to their normal behavior,” Carriger said.
If calling the SWAT team is the extra layer of protection that keeps everyone safe, it could become the new normal when suspects are believed to have a gun.
“If it’s determined that that’s the best course of action, then we will activate that team,” Carriger said. “Times are changing and people are going through a lot of struggles and sometimes not making the best decisions.”