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Man in jail after hours long standoff involving 10-week-old-baby in Santa Barbara

A 29-year-old man is in Santa Barbara County Jail after police say he was involved in a standoff that lasted several hours and involved a 10-week-old baby Thursday night.

The Santa Barbara Police Department responded to a possible domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on the 1200 block of Laguna Street near Santa Barbara High School.

Officers tried to do a welfare check with a man inside the home, but he refused to open the door.

Police say, Maxwell Tracy, 29, made verbal threats to officers about having a gun. They also said Tracy threatened to shoot them if they tried to go inside the home.

Maxwell Tracy
Maxwell Tracy

The police department said officers later learned that the man had his 10-week-old infant in the home and was intoxicated, uncooperative and erratic.

Santa Barbara police set up a perimeter around the home and some surrounding areas were evacuated. Police said on-scene supervisors called a SWAT and crisis negotiation response team to the area.

Eventually, the man was talked out of the home and surrendered without incident at around 1:50 a.m. Friday.

American Medical Response checked on the baby and said it was not harmed.

Tracy was arrested and is in Santa Barbara County Jail for felony threats toward a police officer, criminal threats and child endangerment.

Emely Navarro

Emely Navarro

Emely Navarro is a Content Producer at KSBY. She produces KSBY News at 5 and KSBY News at 6 Monday through Friday.
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