A man apparently suicidal over an upcoming court case held a SWAT team at bay for 81/2 hours Friday after holing up in his north Layton home.
At 9 a.m., 49-year-old John Neff, unarmed and clad in shorts and a T-shirt, unexpectedly walked outside with a drink in one hand and tossed a frisbee at the armed SWAT team. He sat down on a lawn chair and opened the shade umbrella, then joined in a shouted conversation with a negotiator.SWAT members jumped Neff after spraying him with pepper mace. He was taken into custody and transported to the Layton Police Department for further questioning.
Neighbors in the area of the house, 1353 Celia Way (1700 North), were evacuated, with those closest watching the exchange from the cover of their basements.
The man's wife had called police at 12:55 a.m., reporting her husband had threatened suicide and was waving a loaded .38-caliber revolver. The woman escaped from the home after the SWAT team arrived.
At one point, Neff momentarily stepped outside but didn't say anything and soon went back into the house. Throughout the morning, police attempted to speak with him on the telephone, but he would only answer and hang up.
"Time is on our side - (we'll) just wait and watch," Layton Police Sgt. Rex Brimhall said about 8:30 a.m.
Brimhall said he was unsure what court case had apparently prompted Neff to threaten suicide.
Police have previously responded to the home on calls of domestic violence and remained at the scene Friday to recover weapons from inside the house.