SWAT, hostage teams respond to person barricaded inside Arden-Arcade apartment

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10 p.m.

Deputies were leaving the scene at the Arden-Arcade apartment complex after it appeared the standoff was over.

Officials have not provided an update on the person involved in the standoff.

Original story below:

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A standoff was underway in the Arden-Arcade area Tuesday night hours after two cars traded gunfire near the intersection of Watt and Whitney avenues.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office says deputies traced one of the people involved in the shooting back to an apartment complex, where he barricaded himself inside. 

By 10 p.m., negotiations to get him out peacefully had been going on for about three hours. SWAT and hostage teams had been called to the scene and deputies had the apartment complex surrounded.

One witness told FOX40 he heard the shooting happen from earlier in the day when two people in two different cars traded gunfire. 

“I was in my apartment brushing my teeth, then around 1 o’clock, I heard some gunfire. Probably about 30 shots with one big bang. I then went out front and a bunch of sirens started showing up and they had the whole corner cordoned off near the Mobil gas station. And then I noticed the cop cars had kind of floated over here and they never left,” explained witness Sean Kearns.

Deputies believe one of the shooters made his way to the apartment complex. 

Officials called out commands over a loudspeaker, with the goal being that everything stayed peaceful. 

“Our strategy is always when people barricade themselves inside of a building, is to surround it so we can contain it, and then have negotiators talk with them so that we can have a peaceful outcome to it so that nobody gets hurt,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod Grassman.

The search is still on for the other shooter in this case. 

Deputies say so far, no injuries from Tuesday’s events have been reported.

Officials have not said if anyone else is in the apartment.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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