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South Sacramento man arrested, suspected of firing shots in home

A man was arrested Christmas Day after he fired a gun multiple times in his home, resulting in a six-hour standoff with sheriff’s deputies.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were called out to the 5100 block of Thurman Way in south Sacramento around 4:30 a.m. Spence Louis Sawyer, 35, began firing a gun randomly during an argument with his girlfriend, who left the house uninjured, said Deputy Tony Turnbull, a department spokesman.

Sawyer then barricaded himself inside a backroom and refused to come out, deputies said.

Several tactical units surrounded the home for about six hours, prompting the evacuation of the neighborhood. The suspect was taken into custody around 10 a.m., after deputies entered the house and used a dog to get the suspect, Turnbull said.

Sawyer suffered minor injuries from the dog, according to Turnbull. Sawyer was to receive medical attention before being booked at Sacramento County Main Jail for negligible discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm, Turnbull said.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang