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Man in jail after hours long standoff involving 10-week-old-baby in Santa Barbara

Posted at 1:36 PM, Jan 11, 2019

UPDATE: The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office says Maxwell Tracy pleaded guilty in August 2019 to a criminal threats charge.

He was sentenced to one day in county jail and three years of probation.

Another criminal threats charge, and charges of resisting an executive officer, felony child abuse and misdemeanor contempt of court, were dismissed, according to the DA's office.
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A 29-year-old man is in Santa Barbara County Jail after police say he was involved in a standoff that lasted several hours and involved a 10-week-old baby Thursday night.

The Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a possible domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on the 1200 block of Laguna Street near Santa Barbara High School.

Officers tried to do a welfare check with a man inside the home, but he refused to open the door.

Police say, Maxwell Tracy, 29, made verbal threats to officers about having a gun. They also said Tracy threatened to shoot them if they tried to go inside the home.

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The police department said officers later learned that the man had his 10-week-old infant in the home and was intoxicated, uncooperative and erratic.

Santa Barbara police set up a perimeter around the home and some surrounding areas were evacuated. Police said on-scene supervisors called a SWAT and crisis negotiation response team to the area.

Eventually, the man was talked out of the home and surrendered without incident at around 1:50 a.m. Friday.

American Medical Response checked on the baby and said it was not harmed.

Tracy was arrested and is in Santa Barbara County Jail for felony threats toward a police officer, criminal threats and child endangerment.