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Sheriff’s Deputies End 5-Hour Standoff with Suicidal Man in Buellton

A suicidal man was taken into custody after law enforcement officers spent several hours trying to get him to safely surrender Saturday night during a standoff in Buellton.

At about 6:15 p.m., personnel from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department responded to the 500 block of Avenue of Flags on a report of a suicidal subject, sheriff’s  spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

When deputies arrived, the man refused to leave the apartment, Hoover said. 

"The 44-year-old male made statements indicating that he would fill up his apartment with gas and blow up the building," Hoover added Sunday.

Due to the potential danger to the public,  deputies evacuated the apartment building and an emergency notification was sent out to residents in the immediate area to shelter in place.

Firefighters turned off the gas to the building as a precaution.

"Every effort was made to resolve the situation peacefully and get the suicidal subject to surrender to law enforcement," Hoover said.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies served an arrest warrant at the residence.

"When they made entry inside, they discovered the male subject had attempted suicide and was in urgent need of medical care," Hoover said. "He was combative with deputies but was detained and transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

A box cutter was located inside the residence, Hoover added.

The Buellton resident, whose name wasn't released due to his mental health condition, faces a charge of making criminal threats.

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