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Coalville man barricades himself in home to avoid arrest

A man barricaded himself in a home near the Summit County Courthouse and Summit County Library in Coalville on Thursday for nearly three hours before he was taken into custody unharmed.

Griffen P. Jorgensen, age 38, of Coalville, was arrested at around 4:45 p.m. and preliminarily charged with evading law enforcement. Jorgensen also had several outstanding warrants for shoplifting from other jurisdictions, including Salt Lake, Utah and Davis counties. The warrants totaled approximately $75,000.

At 1:53 p.m., deputies recognized Jorgensen as he was walking near his home, located at 81 North 50 East, according to Kacey Bates, a detective. When deputies attempted to approach him, he ran into the house. No one else was home at the time.

Law enforcement officers were eventually able to obtain a search warrant to enter the home, Bates said. Jorgensen was found inside and taken into custody. No weapons were reportedly involved in the incident.

Nearby residents were advised to stay inside and employees at the County Courthouse were told to use the exits on the west and south ends of the building. The road, 50 East, was closed to all traffic. Library patrons and employees were evacuated from the building. The library remained closed for the rest of the day.

Bates said the incident was resolved "very safely" because of the information that was received from various agencies and cooperation of the deputies with nearby employees.

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"We made sure that the people who would have been affected were made aware of the situation. Overall, I think that everyone involved did a great job," Bates said. "We worked together with Julie Booth, the Summit County public information officer, to get information out. We had a lot of people involved doing a lot of different things."