UPDATED: North Summit schools briefly placed on lockdown Thursday morning
A brief standoff in Coalville between Summit County Sheriff Office’s deputies and a shotgun-wielding man holed up in a garage led to North Summit schools being briefly locked down Thursday.
Deputies responded to a Coalville residence after a woman reported that her boyfriend had stolen a shotgun from a trailer on her property and threatened her while pointing the gun at her, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright. He then went to a family member’s home with the weapon and refused to leave the garage.
A member of the man’s family notified the Sheriff’s Office that they needed help dealing with the situation, Wright said, which took place blocks away from the North Summit elementary, middle and high schools.
Law enforcement officials said the schools were locked down “out of an abundance of caution” because the man had a weapon in close proximity to the schools. The man was contained in the residence during the entire encounter.
The lockdown lasted about 15 minutes and started at approximately 8:23 a.m., Wright said.
The girlfriend reported the episode started the night before, when the man refused to leave her vehicle and came to her home, Wright said. The next day, the woman found that her boyfriend had torn apart her trailer and had retrieved a shotgun she had stored there, which belonged to one of her associates.
Wright said the 39-year-old Coalville man appeared to be having a mental health episode and was being aggressive. When threatening the woman, he accused her of having set him up with little people living in the heater, Wright said.
Members of the man’s family opened the garage for Sheriff’s Office personnel, eight of whom responded to the scene. After initially refusing commands to leave the garage, the man eventually complied, Wright said.
The man was known to law enforcement, with Wright estimating he had been booked into jail 25-30 times previously.
He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence aggravated assault, theft, failure to stop at the command of a peace officer and possession of marijuana.
He was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation, then taken to jail.
This story has been updated with more detailed information from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
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