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Multi-jurisdictional authorities called in to assist with hours-long standoff, domestic gunfire in Guadalupe


GUADALUPE, Calif. - It was a tough morning for Guadalupe Police officers when a man barricaded himself inside a house on Calle Cesar Chavez with a gun.

“They walked into the house and heard several shots, so they backed off. They saw the door slowly close so they backed up for security and they heard more shots," said chief Michael Cash of the Guadalupe Police Department.

Cash said officers were able to establish communication with the man inside the house.

They then called other agencies for backup, including the Santa Maria Police, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and its SWAT Team.

“There were three adults in the house, two adult children, a son, and a daughter, and the father of the daughter had barricaded themselves in the back room. They were able to extract them out," said Cash.

Cash said the outcome might not have been as successful if it weren’t for the enormous support from other agencies.

“Other officers, they’re coming off of a night shift. I know they’re tired – we’re all tired – but it took a collaborative effort. Like I said, the well-being not only for us but others in the community the neighbors," said officer Omar Ruiz of the Guadalupe Police Department.

One of those neighbors, Shirley Boydstun, felt relieved no one was injured during the standoff.

“Very happy that nothing drastic happened and it shows the unity of the police and fire in the community to prevent something like that from happening. (I'm) very happy to have that cooperation,” said Boydstun.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt, (we) definitely do not want that, and that’s what the result was. No one got hurt, not only us officers, but the responding team, SWAT, and personnel from Santa Police Department, Santa Barbara Sheriffs Office, (and) also the neighbors," said Ruiz.

The man in the home surrendered around 7:30 a.m.

He was arrested and taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail.

GUADALUPE, Calif. - A Guadalupe man was taken into custody Thursday morning after an hours-long standoff as he barricaded himself inside a house with a gun, according to the Guadalupe Police Department.

The police department had responded to the Guadalupe address two times on Wednesday night for welfare checks, but was unable to do anything as it was just an ongoing family issue at the household, Guadalupe Police Chief Michael Cash said.

On the third call to the house, around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Cash said that arriving police officers heard gunshots coming from the house.

Officers were able to establish communication inside the house, and found out that a male suspect had a gun "that he evidently had been firing off," Cash told News Channel 3-12.

Guadalupe officers requested assistance from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and the Santa Maria Police Department, and they were able to help a woman and the suspect's father escape from the house through a window, Cash said.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the house and refused to come out, and at the same time tried to lure officers inside, Cash said.

At around 7:30 a.m., the suspect finally came out of the house and was arrested.

He is currently booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail, but his charges are unknown at this time, Cash said.

Check back with News Channel 3-12 for updates to this story.

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