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Standoff at W. Jordan complex ends in suicide

After a 15-hour standoff with a suicidal man at an apartment complex, West Jordan police broke into the residence Tuesday morning to discover that the man had killed himself sometime during the night.

The standoff began at 7 p.m. Monday, after the 23-year-old man locked himself in the apartment at 1889 W. 7865 South, with a gun. He apparently became suicidal after his estranged wife refused to take him back, West Jordan Police Capt. Randy Johnson said.West Jordan police officers evacuated the complex, surrounded the building and began negotiations with the man. At 2 a.m., he told police he was going to put his coat on and surrender to them. But the man never appeared and stopped talking with police.

Officers heard a muffled sound about 30 minutes later but didn't think it was a gunshot, Lt. David Eyre said.

Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, officers put pin-size cameras through the walls of the apartment and tried to locate the man. They found him lying on a bed but could only see his feet through the camera lens, Eyre said.

After breaking the bedroom windows to try to get the man to stir, police entered the apartment and found him dead.

No one else was injured in the incident, Eyre said. Residents who were evacuated from the building spent Monday night at a nearby motel, Eyre said, but were allowed back into their homes Tuesday afternoon.