Deputies: Barricaded armed man exits home, toddler safe

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NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (KTXL) — An armed man barricaded himself inside his home with his toddler Sunday morning and crisis negotiators were successful in getting him out peacefully.

SWAT officers swarmed Channing Drive in North Highlands just after 10 a.m., knocking on neighbors’ doors with a warning.

“He said, ‘Hey, we got a situation, you probably need to get out of your house for your safety,” neighbor Edward Stephens told FOX40.

Stephens rushed his 12-year-old son James from their home.

“We’ve had several gunshots in the neighborhood before and we’ve had a situation like this happen before, so it was just get him out of there and get him safe,” Stephens told FOX40.

Investigators said a man barricaded himself inside of his house with his toddler and a gun that was owned by someone at the house.

The man’s partner, who shares the child with him, called the sheriff’s office asking for a welfare check.

“Our negotiators are trying to talk a peaceful resolution with this subject to try to get them to come out peacefully. That’s what we always do, we spend tremendous time,” explained Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sergeant Rod Grassmann.

Grassmann would not confirm what exactly prompted the man’s partner to be worried and call law enforcement.

“We don’t try to rush things. Time is on our side,” Grassmann said.

After roughly six hours of negotiations, the man walked out of his home and surrendered.

His toddler was not hurt.

Officials said the man will face at least one charge of felony child endangerment.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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