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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Update: Standoff ends without incident

  • Sheriff's SWAT team arrests man on charges of making crimnal threats after 9 hours

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  • A standoff in Taft Heights ended peacefully early Thursday morning when the Kern County Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Team arrested a man on charges of making criminal threats.
    For more than 9 hours heavily armed deputies and Taft Police had surrounded a home on the 400 block of 6th Avenue after receiving reports that Shawn White, 33, was armed, intoxicated and had made threats to kill people and was in possession of several firearms, Lt. Dana Albro said.
     Deputies first received the report about 4:30 p.m.
    Several homes were evacuated and  deputies cordoned off 6th Avenue between D and E Streets just before 5 p.m. Officers surrounded the home and some kept assault rifles trained on it during the evening.
    Later, as darkness fell, the area cordoned off was widened and a command post set up.
    Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for White and a search warrant for the residence, Albro said.
    At 1:40 a.m. the S.W.A.T team entered the house at 606-1/2 6th Avenue and arrested White without incident.
    He was transported to Bakersfield and booked into the central receiving facility and his bail was set at $25,000.
     

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