LaVerkin man arrested after standoff

Garrett Taylor attempted to escape custody at Purgatory Correctional Facility after he was initially arrested for driving under the influence and driving with a revoked driver's license.

LAVERKIN – A man is in police custody following a standoff with police and the county SWAT team Saturday afternoon.

Between 4-4:30 p.m., LaVerkin Police responded to a domestic violence call in the area of 110 North 300 West, LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins said. A man was arguing with his wife in their home, and at some point during the argument the man pulled a knife on his son-in-law. The wife and son-in-law soon got out of the house, he said.

After the others left the home the man allegedly walked out outside, a shotgun in hand, and said he was ready for police, Watkins said. The man then barricaded himself in his home.

Police attempted to make contact with the man, who in turn told police he had multiple guns inside and would only be taken outside in a body bag. This resulted in the Washington County Metro SWAT team being deployed to the area.

The police proceeded to block road access to the area and at least one home nearby was evacuated as a precaution.

Police attempted to call the man several times in his home and had little luck, Watkins said. The one time they were able to get through, the man reiterated that he wouldn’t leave the home alive.

Despite the threats, the man eventually gave up and was taken into police custody without incident shortly after 6 p.m. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for a medical check before being booked into the Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Watkins said the man is potentially looking at charges that include aggravated assault, threatening another individual with a weapon, intoxication, and likely others.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • KanabCowgirl March 2, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Wow! Was @ Laundromat when everyone responded 2 this call. Was wondering what was up.
    Terrible what alcohol does to a person.

  • Flabap March 2, 2014 at 5:13 am

    This type of situation is why Police officers are equipped with “military” style equipment. I get sick of people claiming “police state” because Officer need to protect themselves when they have to go in and take care of situations like this.

    • tinman March 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Sorry, but how is one man, ALONE inside a house with a shotgun a justification for local police being equipped with military grade weapons? You are a phony apologist for the police state and this is NOT a situation that requires such firepower on American streets. Southern Utah police are the exception of trigger happy goons in blue, and have consistently shown how to defuse volatile situations without using an obviously troubled man in need of help into their amusing target practice.

      • Flabap March 3, 2014 at 4:44 am

        So basically you are saying that Police are expendable? Not every situation can end peacefully. You are naive and delusional. “Police state” is created by dumb laws not by officers having the tools to protect themselves and the citizens from situations that actually occur in the country every day. I am guessing you argue for gun rights and your right to have a better firearm than the bad guy but at the same time you don’t want the police to have the same advantage when they have a much much higher chance of encountering the situations people base self defense arguments on. Police run towards the problems and gunfights. They don’t have the luxury to sit back and hope it doesn’t come to them.

        • tinman March 3, 2014 at 8:24 am

          You’re missing the point that the victims had already vacated the home and this man was left inside ALONE! There were no hostages inside. Thus, no need for SWAT! The facts destroy your argument that our country is not turning into a gestapo police state. There were 3000 SWAT raids in 1980 and over 70000 in 2011. WHY! Violent crime dropped significantly from 1980 to 2011. The police have far more firepower than the citizenry and choose to deploy it way too frequently. Enough of the coddling of the police. If you choose to do a job like this, then guess what? It’s dangerous, and you may get shot or killed in the line of duty. They swore an Oath to protect and defend MY NON-LIENABLE RIGHTS, not their fraternity boys club! They don’t have special rights above the citizenry. You better wake up now or one day you will wake up to the wrong side of this argument. Deploying SWAT to this situation was using a sledge hammer to smash a fly.

        • Sam March 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          Its easy to be a soldier when your enemies are civilians! You sound just like the Nazis! We where just following orders, Military is used to destroy enemies of the state, Police are used to protect and serve, Can you not see the quagmire militarization of police presents! Police have killed more people in America since 9/11 then terrorists have killed in Iraq and Afghanistan! No every revenue collector of the state does not need a fully automatic rifle and military vehicles to do their job!

          • Bub March 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

            Yup, and all this militarization happening under a “liberal” president…

  • caringneighbors March 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    When he walked outside to make the statement about not going alive, he didn’t have a gun with him at all. The only knife he had was his hunting knife that he always carries. In his back yard, we didn’t see much other than him pushing his son in law telling him to get out and not come back. He’s a great neighbor, they all are great people. Sometimes, bad things happen to good people, sometimes people do bad things, that’s just how it is. I just feel bad for his family and him, cause when he’s sober and realizes what he did, he’s going to be remorseful. This is way out of character for him.

    • Right on, idiots March 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

      It doesn’t matter what some low life SOB does, there is always some bleeding heart liberal idiot with no brains, that is more than willing to come forward and say what a wonderful person the jackarse in question is. I guess they are birds of a feather. I think the cops should have given him his wish to not be taken from the house in anything other than a body bag. Now I’ll stand by and watch the bleeding heart responses to this, and I’ll laugh at every one of them, knowing just how naive and stupid they are.

      Also, what is with not publishing the name of the dirt bag that was arrested? It is public information and is found on the booking sheets of the county jail website. Is the article author afraid of this “wonderful” person?

      • tinman March 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        And maybe what you wished on this guy will visit you someday, you low life moron! You’re a sadistic freak of an ape to wish death upon a troubled guy holed up ALONE inside of his house.

        • So sad March 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

          Hey there Tinpanties, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

        • Flabap March 3, 2014 at 4:49 am

          Based on what he was charged with I would say that he was definitely a danger to others than himself. But based on your previous argument, Police don’t count as people so nobody is really in danger here.

      • Bender March 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        “RIGHT ON IDIOTS” is channeling some serious Mountain Meadow Massacre “kill ’em first and let the Lord sort things out later” sentiment.

    • Itch March 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Good thing he didn’t do a package check or scratch himself when he walked outside, cuz the gun and tazer happy police might of thought he was reaching for a gun and shot him

    • tinman March 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      And thankfully fools like FLABAP who posted above are not typical of Southern Utah LE. I have found most So. UT police to be fairly respectful of those they have to deal with in difficult domestic situations. This sounds like an unfortunate event and I’m glad the man is still alive and no one else was harmed.

      • Flabap March 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

        Lol. Unfortunate events kill people all the time.

    • Aaron Tippetts ( Utahs Underbelly) March 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Your testimony in this matter could help bring this man out of the jaws of a very real hell. I hope you will be sitting on the defense side of the court room If this goes to trial and certainly when he goes to sentencing.

    • tinman March 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Exactly! This was an unfortunate domestic situation that turned into a potential suicide. And for that, SWAT was deployed? Give me a break!

      • Here is your break March 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

        Seems like what they should have done, was to call on the Tinman and let him go inside the house and take care of the situation. Unarmed.

        • tinman March 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

          I did it everyday for many years (early 90s) back East as a mental health crisis intervention delegate of my County… UNARMED… in a city that, at the time, was the per capita murder capital of the nation. I never saw a SWAT team deployed once in a domestic situation, and certainly never for one suicidal man holed up in his own house. But again, there were only 3000 SWAT deployments nationwide in 1980 and over 70,000 in 2011. That’s insane! If Wash. County had a MH crisis intervention team, there would be far less police dispatches for domestic situations. How about cutting back on law enforcement for petty traffic violations and hire some MH crisis people to handle what the police aren’t trained for anyway?

          • Here is your break March 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

            Oh right. Another “has been” trying to tell the folks who are “doing it,” how it should be done. If you are so concerned about it, how about contacting some of the agencies and volunteering your time?
            Yeah, didn’t think so.

          • tinman March 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            If HERE IS YOUR BREAK is one of America’s Finest wearing a badge who is out there protecting and serving and “doing it,” then he just adds to the stereotype that it doesn’t take the sharpest pencil in the box to do what he does! Go put your beer hat on and watch some more Die Hard, you brain dead Goon! I am very familiar with firearms, but only as a matter of life and death as a last resort. But to approach this man unarmed to try and talk him down takes just one set of balls (which you or the other pussies hiding behind your guns and SWAT snipers–while claiming to be courageous–don’t have) and a little common sense.

  • lee March 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for a well written story. I read about this incident in the Spectrum first and was wondering why swat was called out to for domestic violence, especially since the family members were not in the home anymore. The fact that the man said he ‘wouldn’t be taken alive’ is a huge part of the story. There was no mention of this in the Spectrum story – leading me to believe that swat was called because there was a man in a house with a gun.
    Thanks for the details.

    • Loaded March 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      “Man inside with a gun…” describes about every household in southern Utah. In some cases, there may be nude dudes with guns just waiting for someone to break in. Lets see the police swat that.

      • Bender March 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

        Guns, is there any problem they can’t solve?

  • Incest March 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Small town where everyone seems related to each other. Maybe it’s time to broaden the gene pool.

    • An honest plea March 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Your comment makes you appear to be an idiot, who’s comment and attitude hurt the entire world. I hope you are 15 or 17. If so there is hope. The above comment from caringneighbors has the ring of truth in it. I hope you will learn to listen for the truth, it is never as loud as fear and lies.

  • Hearts March 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Well it’s a good thing no cats or dogs were injured. Otherwise the streets would be filled with blood from all the hearts going out for them.

  • Bub March 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, we got some angry folks on here.

  • Nearby March 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    things happen everyday to push good people over the edge. I hope this man and hos family can deal with this safely and i hope they work on there problems in house with out the added stress of nosey neighbors !

    • So sad March 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      This man and … family? So you are saying his family are a bunch of …s? I guess he must be a pimp then. . .
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • Bub March 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Could we somehow find a way to Blame Obama for the whole incident? Has to be his fault, right?

  • psychorn19 March 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    “multiple guns inside the house . . .” LOL –doesn’t that go without saying? Because we here in Utah demand that our least stable citizens be armed to the teeth. On the other hand, I guess I’m glad he went to jail instead of taking up another scarce bed in the mental health unit.

  • Drunks March 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Were the responders drunk, like that Washington County sheriff was when he wrecked the sheriff’s truck with his kids inside?
    Ed. note: See reply offering correction.

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