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Update: Suspect in Sacramento standoff taken into custody after nearly 24 hours

After nearly 24 hours barricaded in a south Sacramento home, an armed man who held several people hostage was arrested by police Wednesday afternoon without injury.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Karl Chan said officers figured out where in the house on Mello Court the man was hiding, introduced a chemical agent and went inside, where he peacefully surrendered.

The standoff began Tuesday morning, when police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Tallac Village home in the 5500 block of Cabrillo Way, in which the victim identified a male suspect. By 4 p.m., officers located the man, who was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, inside a vehicle. Police attempted to stop him, but the man failed to pull over, beginning a slow-speed pursuit that ended less than two miles away on Mello Court.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Sabrina Briggs said the man rushed into the house through an open garage door and took a total of eight hostages.

Six of the hostages were released Tuesday evening, and two more, an adult woman who lived at the residence and a 13-year-old girl, fled Wednesday morning.

Briggs said the suspect used the 13-year-old girl — who he knew — as a shield as he entered the home.

SWAT teams and crisis negotiators with the Sacramento Police Department became engaged in a standoff and potential hostage situation after he barricaded himself inside the home Tuesday.

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Briggs said Tuesday that the suspect was seen holding a firearm as he entered the Mello Court home with the girl.

“At the conclusion of the pursuit, our air unit was up ahead and observed the subject exiting the passenger side of the vehicle armed with a firearm, holding a female against her will and entered a residence on Mello Court,” Briggs said.

No shots were fired, but authorities confirmed the man had a firearm, Chan said.

The man is not believed to have any ties to the home and was unknown to the individuals who left the home, Chan said, but he is believed to have ties to the teenager.

The standoff situation went on for close to 24 hours.

Sacramento County sheriff’s SWAT teams took command of the situation overnight, and Sacramento police resumed command Wednesday morning, Chan said.

The scene is a few blocks away from Christian Brothers High School and Oak Ridge Elementary School. Police said in a Wednesday morning tweet that no schools were being impacted by the incident.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.