ST. GEORGE – A noise complaint turned into a three-hour standoff with police Friday morning when a man staying at a St. George hotel barricaded himself in his room after destroying hotel property.
St. George Police responded to a noise complaint at the Coronada Inns and Suites on St. George Boulevard just before 8 a.m., St. George Capt. Mike Giles said. There were reports of loud banging and noises coming from one of the rooms, he said.
When police arrived on the scene, they identified a male in the hotel room as 35-year-old Cody Callegory. The police department is familiar with Callegory, Giles said. “We know of him and we’ve dealt with him in the past,” he said.
Callegory was described as experiencing “some sort of an episode” in which he destroyed hotel property in the room and broke out windows. Giles said he does not know what triggered the incident or Callegory’s subsequent reaction to it.
“At that point the door (to Callegory’s room) was closed and officers maintained the perimeter and somewhat stabilized the scene,” Giles said. Neighboring rooms were evacuated and the police negotiations team and SWAT team were called in.
Initially the police didn’t know if Callegory had a weapon on him or if he posed a threat to others. However, he may have had access to knives from the hotel room’s kitchen area, Giles said.
A level of communication was eventually established, at which point police determined Callegory had “sustained some significant injuries,” Giles said.
“We’re not sure exactly how, to what extent, or where, but there was a quite a bit of blood,” Giles said.
In order to hasten the negotiations process, police shot gas into the room in an effort to get Callegory to give up.
“I’m not sure what type of gas was used, but there were chemicals introduced into the room to try to advance the negotiations.” Giles said.
With growing concerns over Callegory’s medical condition and negotiations proving ineffective, the SWAT team made entry into the hotel room.
“At the time they made entry into his room he was in, he was compliant,” Giles said. “He went into custody and he was removed from the room and medical was provided. He was alone at that time.”
Callegory, who had been naked in the hotel room, was wrapped in a blanket and escorted by SWAT members to a waiting ambulance without incident. He was then taken to Dixie Medical Center for treatment. Once treated and cleared by hospital staff, he will be released into police custody.
Potential charges Callegory faces include criminal mischief for the hotel damage.
“Fortunately, we didn’t have to use a level of force beyond the chemical ammunition and negotiations,” Giles said. “Basically, it’s a successful conclusion that we didn’t have to use physical force in taking him into custody.”
The incident wrapped up shortly by 11 a.m.
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