Sword-wielding man charged with holding woman hostage for two weeks

Sword-wielding man charged with holding woman hostage for two weeks


A Utah man is accused of holding a woman captive in his home and torturing her by depriving her of food and sleep for nearly two weeks, authorities said.

Garman Shaun Cunningham, 50, was taken into custody following a dramatic standoff Friday in which he threw objects and fired a shot at officers from his home in West Valley City then came out wielding a sword, news outlet KSL-TV reported.

“Garman eventually exited the residence while armed with a sword,” police wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

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Officers used “less lethal force” on him, prompting him to drop the sword and flee on foot. A K-9 caught up with him and was able to bring him to the ground, authorities said.

Police said that

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