SACRAMENTO — Police arrested a man on Christmas morning following a six-hour standoff with sheriff’s deputies.
Spence Louis Sawyer, 35, was taken into custody at approximately 10:00 a.m. after Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies were called at around 4:30 a.m. to the 5100 block of Thurman Way in South Sacramento after reports of gunfire.
Sawyer allegedly fired a gun multiple times in his home during an argument with his girlfriend. She was able to leave the house unharmed, but the suspect barricaded himself inside a backroom and refused to come out, deputies said, resulting in the stand-off.
Several tactical units surrounded the residence for about six hours and evacuated the neighborhood. Sawyer was taken into custody after deputies entered the house and used a dog to apprehend him, said Sacramento County Sheriff Spokesperson Deputy Tony Turnbull.
Sawyer suffered minor injuries from the dog and received medical attention before being booked at Sacramento County Main Jail for negligible discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.