SWAT arrests man after domestic violence complaint

CACHE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Deputies in Cache County were able to intervene before a potentially dangerous suspect was able to “carry out any of his threats.”

Cache County Sheriff’s Office said it received a domestic violence complaint about Michael Durand, 39, of Young Ward on November 7. As investigators looked into the case, they found Durand had recently committed several other acts of domestic violence. The say he was in possession of firearms as a restricted person and affiliated with a local outlaw motorcycle gang.

Investigators say based on this information, they saw the suspect as a possible threat to the community. Detectives began surveillance on Durand. They say they tracked him to the workplace of a female victim and to a city in Box Elder County where he left a death threat on a man’s car.

Cache County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a search warrant and arrested Durand on Wednesday. Deputies found multiple firearms and a large amount of ammunition.

Durand was then charged with:

  • Nine counts possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person
  • Protective order violation
  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Threat of violence
  • Domestic violence in presence of a child
  • Electronic communication harassment

Durand is being held without bail in the Cache County Jail.  Cache County Sheriff Chad Jensen said, “This shows that the deputies are deeply concerned about and committed to the communities that they serve. In this case, they were very proactive and possibly prevented a real tragedy from occurring.”
 

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately

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