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Hours-long standoff in Santa Maria ends peacefully

Early morning ordeal forces evacuations

Santa Maria Police SWAT standoff with...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A tense, Wednesday morning standoff between Santa Maria police and a man armed with a rifle barricaded inside his home ended with the man surrendering peacefully.

The hours-long standoff forced the evacuation of neighboring homes. "Yeah my uncle down the street, they were scared, they came over to the house because they had to be evacuated," said Salvador Gonzalez, one of the neighbors affected by the incident.

The incident began when Santa Maria Police received a 911 call of gunshots being fired inside a home in the 100 block of South Curryer Street near West Main Street at about 12:30 a.m.

Police say when officers responded at the door they heard at least one gunshot fired.

"And while they were on scene there were a series of shots fired again, they didn't know if it was inside the house or at them or anything like that so they made the call to our tactical units and evacuated the people in the home that were involved as well as the neighborhood," said Detective Andrew Brice with the Santa Maria Police Department.

The SWAT team was called. Santa Maria police said its team of FBI-trained crisis negotiators talked to the man and tried to get him to surrender.  After several hours of the intense standoff, the suspect came out of his home around 5 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

No one was reportedly inside the house with him and there were no injuries.

"He came to the door and surrendered and no one was harmed and all of our officers are okay and that's the way we like these things to end," said Detective Brice.


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