A Carlsbad Police vehicle
A Carlsbad Police vehicle. Photo by Chris Stone

A standoff that started when a man barricaded himself in a Carlsbad home with a child ended peacefully Saturday when the suspect was taken into custody.

Just before 7 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a residence in the 6900 block of Clearwater Street as part of a welfare check and to serve the man with a protective order, said Lt. Darbie Ernst of the Carlsbad Police Department.

The unidentified man, who is married, wouldn’t cooperate with the order and went back into the home with his child.

Officers attempted to speak with the man, “who had locked himself inside his bedroom with his 2-year-old child,” Ernst said in a news release. “He refused to communicate or leave the bedroom.”

At first, police thought the man was armed with a gun, but that turned out not to be the case, Ernst said, but a handgun was recovered in the residence later. It was not used during the incident.

Carlsbad police called in a SWAT team, along with the Crisis Negotiations Team and an Oceanside Police Department drone unit, to persuade the man to leave the home.

No use of force was needed, as the man eventually left on his own and was taken into custody, Ernst said.

The child was unharmed and no one suffered any injuries, Ernst added.

The man was booked into the San Diego County jail in Vista on suspicion of false imprisonment from a prior incident, making criminal threats, having an unregistered firearm and delaying an officer, Ernst said.

– City News Service

Updated 10 p.m. Nov. 19, 2022