A Grantsville man was hospitalized Sunday night after shooting himself in an alleged suicide attempt that ended in a standoff with police.
The man called for help on three self-inflicted gunshot wounds at his home at about 7:45 p.m. When police arrived, he started yelling at them, said Grantsville City Police Chief Kevin Turner. The yelling and threats persisted for several minutes, and then the man became quiet.
The police chief said in an attempt to find out the man’s condition, and whether it was safe for police and medical personnel to enter the home, officers called for the Tooele City Police Department to bring its entry robot to assess the scene.
“If we can send that in and see if it’s safe to go in, we’re not going to send a person,” Turner said. “Same thing with a [police] dog. We take all the precautions we can to keep safe.”
The robot, which is generally used for SWAT operations, bomb threats and other sensitive cases, can give officers a look inside a building that might contain a dangerous situation without risking lives.
Turner said the robot showed the man on the floor with the gun away from his hand, so officers entered the house and the man was given medical attention. He was flown to a Salt Lake hospital. Turner said the man’s case may be screened for possible charges associated with the incident.
Officers responded to another suicidal man last month on Clark Street. That standoff resulted in an officer shooting 37-year-old Travis Davis who reportedly made threatening gestures towards officers with a gun.
Turner said the number of suicidal people varies, but this year there seems to be more notable cases than other times.
“We deal with a lot of people like this over time, and different times of the year it seems to get busier, especially around Christmas—people seem to get more depressed around holidays,” he said. “And then life events can [affect people]. I don’t know if it’s more or less than usual, but maybe more extreme.”