PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
December 26, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SLCPD Captain and Son Safely Negotiate with Barricaded Man
SALT LAKE CITY — Today, a Salt Lake City Police Department captain and his son, who is also a full-time officer, responded to a domestic violence call for service and worked quickly and safely with other officers to convince the suspect to surrender.
This investigation started at 9:10 a.m. on Monday December 26, 2022, when SLC911 dispatched Officer Jeremy Dimond to an apartment complex near 800 South West Temple to investigate an aggravated assault. Officer Dimond was working as a partner car with his father, Captain Derek Dimond, who is the Central Division commander.
Due to the circumstances of the call, additional SLCPD patrol officers responded.
After being assaulted, the victim left the apartment and got to a safe location, but the suspect remained inside.
The officers on scene formed a tactical plan to enter the apartment complex.
Officer Dimond called the suspect. While on the phone, the suspect said he would not come out unless police obtained a warrant. The suspect hung up the phone and refused to answer additional calls.
Captain Dimond, a former police negotiator, began trying to talk with the man from the hallway.
After several minutes, the suspect started engaging in conversation with Captain Dimond through the apartment door but still refused to come out.
Negotiations between Captain Dimond and the suspect continued for approximately 10 minutes. Eventually, the man exited the apartment with his hands up and surrendered.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the home looking for evidence related to the initial aggravated assault. During their search, they recovered a knife.
The victim had minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
This case is being investigated as a domestic violence incident as the victim and suspect are known to each other and live together.
Officers booked 36-year-old Louis Christensen into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on a single count of Aggravated Assault.
Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Salt Lake City Police Department reminds our community of the resources available to support survivors of domestic violence in Utah.
We encourage anyone who has experienced Domestic Violence to call us at 801-799-3000 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.
The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.
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