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Standoff at complex ends with no sign of fugitive

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A seven-hour standoff in a west Salt Lake neighborhood ended after police stormed a fugitive's apartment and found nothing.

"It's disappointing the person wasn't there, but it does happen," said Sgt. Jim Hill, Salt Lake City Police public information officer.

The standoff ended just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a SWAT team went into an apartment at 161 S. 900 West in an attempt to capture a 23-year-old parole fugitive, Hill said. Nobody was in the apartment, however.

Police had spent the prior seven hours trying to contact the man over a police car address system and by telephone. About 9:30 p.m. Friday, the police threw a phone into the apartment.

When they could never get a response, they decided to enter.

The standoff started around 5:30 p.m. Friday, when Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputies surrounded the apartment building after reports that the man was inside. Neighbors and sheriff's dispatchers reported that the U.S. Marshal's Office had initially handled the search, but Hill could not confirm that the man was wanted federally, nor could he confirm that federal officers had ever been on the scene.

Hill had no details about what the man was wanted for or his prior convictions, although he said it is very likely the man is armed.

"He's definitely a guy who is problematic," he said.

The standoff closed 200 South between 900 West and 1000 West, as well as 900 West between 200 South and 100 South.