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PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT

August 23, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com

SLCPD SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators Respond to Family Violence Incident

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, Salt Lake City Police officers, with the assistance of the SLCPD SWAT Team, safely arrested a 41-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home after allegedly assaulting a family member. 

This investigation started shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, when SLC911 received information about a domestic violence assault.

Once officers got on scene, the victim told them there were several unsecured guns inside his house.

Patrol officers surrounded the house and started multiple attempts to communicate with the suspect, identified as Maurice Raffoul. Out of an abundance of caution, officers told people in the neighborhood to stay inside.

Prior to police arriving, the victim moved to a safe location. Aside from Raffoul, there was no one else inside the home.

The on-scene incident commander requested the assistance of SLCPD SWAT and Crisis Negotiators. These highly trained teams provide patrol officers with additional resources.

The victim is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries allegedly caused by Raffoul.

At approximately 4:20 p.m., Raffoul peacefully surrendered. He was not hurt.

Raffoul will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on three counts of domestic violence assault.

During the investigation, officers learned Raffoul allegedly assaulted the victim over the last three days.

The specific relationship to Raffoul and the domestic violence survivor is not being released.

Photos from the scene have been posted to the SLCPD’s Twitter account.

A SLCPD PIO responded to the scene to provide media and community members updates.

No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander is available for additional interviews.

The Salt Lake City Police Department reminds our community of the resources available to support survivors of domestic violence in Utah.

The Salt Lake City Police Department encourages anyone who has experienced Domestic Violence to call us at 799-3000 and ask to speak with a Victim Advocate or call their 24-hour hotline directly at 801-580-7969. All services are free, and callers can get information anonymously.

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