FAIRVIEW—Fairview Police Chief Robert Bingham received a call Monday, April 17, at about 4:45 a.m., about a domestic situation taking place in Fairview after William Lamb, 35, violated a protective order and entered a home, of his purported girlfriend.
The family occupying the home located in the 300 East blocks of 200 North escaped and made the call for help. But Lamb made the decision to stay in the home. It was known that there were firearms in the house, so protective precautions were taken.
Several agencies were involved in what became a negotiation effort to remove Lamb from the home. In addition to Fairview Police Department, Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Sanpete County Sheriff’s Department officers responded.
The Utah County Swat Team and a Police K-9 dog unit were also called in along with emergency services on standby including an ambulance and a Life Flight helicopter.
For a short time Fairview Elementary was on alert and locked all entry doors and students were not allowed to go outside for recess as a precaution.
Police were stationed at the elementary school and also blocked access roads in the vicinity of the home of interest and some of the residents of adjacent homes were evacuated.
After several hours of unsuccessful negotiations, other methods were considered and eventually executed. Tear gas canisters were shot into the home hoping that the gas would encourage Lamb to exit the home.
Eventually with no sign of Lamb coming out, Swat team members were sent in along with search dogs. Lamb was found hiding in the house and was taken into custody at about 1 p.m.
Lamb is currently in Sanpete County Jail, Manti, and has been charged with violation of protective order, making threats, and damage to a communication device. Additional charges are possible pending consideration by the Sanpete County Attorney’s Office.