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Man arrested after barricading inside Santa Barbara apartment

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara police arrested a man after he barricaded inside an apartment complex on Oceano Avenue Tuesday morning.

Police said they responded to calls of a disturbance in progress on the 100 block of Oceano Avenue early Tuesday just after 12 a.m.

A shelter-in-place order and evacuations were issued later that morning after the man began barricading inside and refused to cooperate with police.

Officers closed all roads leading to the 100 block of Oceano. Apartments immediately surrounding the complex, including the Sea Cliff Apartments, were evacuated and other nearby residents were ordered to shelter in place.

The man was reportedly arrested around 11:45 a.m. after several hours of standoff. Police said the threat to public safety is over and the shelter in place order was lifted. Those who evacuated are also allowed to return home.

Officers said the 100 block of Oceano Avenue near the intersection of Del Mar Ave will remain closed to vehicles for the next hour.

It all started around 12:11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

After initially responding, police said they made contact with the man through a door of the apartment. They said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and began breaking apartment windows and barricading himself inside.

Police said one officer was assaulted with a deadly weapon that was not a gun. The man then armed himself with a metal pipe.

The Crisis Negotiations Response Team and SWAT responded to the scene.

Police said the man ultimately came out willingly and was arrested. They said he will face several charges including assault with a deadly weapon, restricting and obstructing a police officer and disturbing the peace.

There were no reports of injuries.

NewsChannel 3 is also at the scene.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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