Man found dead in burning home in Price, person of interest in custody
(KUTV) Police have a person of interest in custody after Brian William Swink, 22, was found dead in a burning home Tuesday morning in Price.
Officers are calling the case a "suspicious death investigation," and say the person of interest lives in the home. They say he is violent and just got released from jail a few days ago.
"It is a well-known drug house," said Bill Barnes of the Price City Police Department. "The person that is a main person of interest here has a history of 41 arrests and 30 convictions, many of them having violence."
Police are not releasing the name of the man at this time, but neighbors say Jimmy Pendleton, a man with dozens of violent crimes to his name, was hauled off in cuffs this morning as his house went up in flames.
Authorities were dispatched to the home at 423 S. and 200 W. at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday on reports of an armed person hiding inside. Officers arrived at about 11:00 a.m. and discovered the home was filled with smoke and that the flames had spread to the attic.
In the process of fighting the fire, Price City Fire crews discovered the body of the adult male in the basement of the home. Police are not releasing the name of the deceased man at this time. The body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for a determination on the cause of death.
"We are not ruling out that a number of people may have had a part in this," said Barnes.
Jimmy Pendleton, the man neighbors believe made the 911 call, is in custody, but has not been arrested or charged. 2News looked up his criminal history, which includes violent crimes such as rape, burglary and assault of a prisoner.
Neighbors hope that if Pendleton is responsible, he will back behind bars for a very long time.
Police are in the process of interviewing several witnesses and say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
2News will continue to update this story with more developments as soon as they become available.
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