SWAT Called to SLC Hotel Overnight, 2 in Custody

UPDATE: 

Police have identified the suspects as 47 year-old John Mendenhall and 21 year-old Shelby McDougal.  They were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on the following charges:  aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and obstruction of justice.  

UPDATE: 8:00 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - SWAT teams surrounded the Rodeway Inn early this morning in response of a SWAT situation that occurred early Monday morning.

Salt Lake City Police Lt. Craig Gleason says police responded to the area near 600 S. 200 W. after they received a hang up call around 12:50 a.m.  

"someone in that motel called for assistance.  Officers responded to that call and when they got close to that room where that call came from, shots were fired," said Lt. Craig Gleason.  

When they arrived they tried to make contact with the two individuals inside who police are now saying were a man and a woman, but shots were fired within the room.

 

Negotiators were called in who tried speaking with the two inside.  Gleason says initially it seemed like they could get them to come out but as time dragged on the two became more aggressive and chaotic.  

 

"People were screaming, cops were screaming," added Gleason, making threats like,"if you come in here you'll be sorry."

Officers evacuated the second floor of the motel as well as the rooms directly underneath the room for their safety.  When police realized they weren't going to be able to talk them out of the room.  Unified Police and Salt Lake City Police SWAT teams were called in.   

Around 5:45 a.m. a SWAT armored vehicle approached the scene.  By this time police had decided to deploy gas into the room which was the 4th room from the north on the second floor.  

Police were able to break a window into the room and deploy gas when the people inside began firing multiple rounds.  

"The contact we did have with them got more and more aggressive and chaotic.  

Eventually, the decision was made we introduced some gas into the room.  The people in the room fired some shots.  Where those shots went right now I don't know we're checking on that as we speak," said Gleason.

 

The two suspects were taken into custody.  Lt. Gleason says not a single shot was fired by police.  The two suspects are currently being questioned by investigators.  We do not have much information on their history at the moment, however, Gleason says the two were making references to Colorado during the negotiations so it's possible they may have ties to the area.

A large section of the block was on lockdown during the initial response.  Police had shut down traffic from 500 S. to 700 S. and from 300 W. to 200 W.  Gleason said the area would be opening up soon.  

TRAX services have been running smoothly through the area.  This is still an active investigation and ABC4 News will have more details as the story develops.

UPDATE

As of 6:30 a.m. police say two people, a man and a woman, are in custody. At this time the details are unclear.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - Police swarm the Roadway Inn in response to a hostage situation at the hotel around 1:00 a.m.  

Unconfirmed reports state this began as a hostage situation turned SWAT situation when officers arrived on scene.  

Police are concentrating their efforts on the 4th room from the north on the second floor where it is believed at least 2 people may be inside.  

Around 1:00 a.m.  our crews noticed about 30 police and SWAT officers enter the building and a little while later about half of them exited.

Our crews also witnessed guests being evacuated though it is unclear at the moment whether the entire hotel was evacuated or just the second floor. 

Meanwhile, this police presence has prompted a lockdown of the area an d large section of this block has been closed off.

Police have closed off a section of the block from 500 S. to 700 S. to 300 W. to 200 W.  

This is very active and volatile situation.  Avoid the area until further notice.  ABC4 News will have more updates and confirmation of information as it becomes available.  


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