A man was in police custody Monday morning after allegedly shooting at his taxi driver and engaging in a standoff with SWAT officers at his Del Paso Heights home before surrendering, police said.
The man, who has not yet been identified by police, allegedly argued with his taxi driver after arriving at his home around midnight on Sunday, said Sgt. Vance Chandler, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department.
Chandler said he did not know the reason for the argument but that the man then went inside his home and reemerged holding a handgun, shooting in the direction of the taxi driver.
The driver fled from his car and was not injured, he said.
Officers arrived at the home in the 1000 block of Grand Avenue and asked the man to come outside, Chandler said, but he refused. Two family members, a man and a woman, fled the home.
The officers surrounded the house and called in SWAT, crisis negotiators and explosive ordinance teams after learning three children, ages 12, 11 and 3, were still inside the home.
The children fled the home shortly after the teams arrived, and SWAT officers and negotiators tried to talk with the man but were unsuccessful, Chandler said.
The standoff continued for nearly five hours before the man surrendered and was taken into custody “without incident,” he said.