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Jan 9, 2014 5:41 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Standoff in Santa Barbara ends, suspect in custody

Police say the man who barricaded himself in a Santa Barbara home Wednesday night has surrendered and is in custody.

According to police, at around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night, SWAT team deployed tear gas into the suspect's home on the 800 block of Bath Street. They waited for about an hour, but the suspect didn't come out of the home. They ventilated the home and went inside.

When they were inside, they were confronted by the suspect who was holding a machete.

SWAT team members shot him with what is called a less than lethal shotgun round, and the suspect retreated into the back of the home and barricaded himself again.

A crisis negotiations team sent a phone into the home and began talking to the suspect.

At about 2:25 a.m. Thursday, the suspect surrendered.

The SWAT team is in the process of clearing the home, and detectives are on their way to the scene to execute a search warrant. Police say the man was wanted for felony battery, brandishing a firearm, and animal cruelty.

Officers will continue to be at the scene for a while, according to police.

Bath Street is reopening. People who live right around the home where the standoff took place may still not be able to get back into their homes for a little while, but other residents in that neighborhood should be allowed back in.

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