An elderly man has been taken to the hospital following a chaotic afternoon in which he is accused of shooting someone and then squaring off against a police SWAT team in Millcreek.
The 88-year-old suspect, whose identity has not been released, was arrested around 7:00 p.m. at his home near 2100 East Sierra View Circle.
Police were originally called to the street when a man in his 60’s went to a neighbor’s home suffering from a gunshot wound.
Neighbor Janelle Heck told 2News:
Right coming down the street was a guy that was bleeding and he had been shot.
Heck’s partner was at home and saw the suspected shooter following the injured man.
“She looked behind him and the neighbor who lives in the house on the corner was there with a gun,” Heck said.
When the first Unified Police officers arrived at the scene, the elderly suspect had gone back inside his house and wouldn’t come out.
The victim was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.
“This appears to be the result of a long ongoing family dispute,” Detective Ken Hansen said.
Investigators did not comment on the relationship between the shooter and the victim but said they are family members.
A police SWAT team responded to the scene and it took approximately five hours to take the man into custody. During the standoff, the 88-year-old man fired the gun at least four more times inside the house, according to police.
The suspect was apparently not responsive when the SWAT team moved into the house. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition, though police say it’s not clear what happened to the man. However, a police spokesperson said the elderly man was not shot.
Crime scene investigators and detectives expected to remain at the scene for several hours. The man’s identity was not released Thursday night. Detectives anticipate he will face criminal charges once he is discharged from the hospital.