A 10-hour standoff on Friday between Salinas police and a man who barricaded himself in a home ended about 5:30 p.m. when SWAT members broke into the home and brought the man out.
The man, whom police declined to identify, was taken from the scene in an ambulance.
Sgt. Mike Groves said the incident began just after 7 a.m. when police were summoned to the home in the 1400 block of Tehama Circle. The residence abuts the campus of Natividad Elementary School, which was on lockdown throughout the day.
"It started as a family domestic situation," Groves said. "The officers got into a struggle (outside the home) with the suspect, who bit one of the officers pretty seriously on the hand and threw a heavy household object at another officer."
Groves said the man managed to get back into the house, which was occupied at the time by a female.
Neighbors said they saw police take the man's pajama-clad wife and his three children from the scene about 9 a.m.
Groves said there were no indications the man had guns in the house.
Police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana said the man has a criminal history and was believed to be emotionally distraught.
Police attempted to communicate with the man through the front door for four hours before summoning SWAT members, who arrived at 1 p.m.
At that point, negotiations took place over a loudspeaker, including a recorded plea from the man's mother, who was not at the scene.
The man, whom SWAT members called "Sam" during their loudspeaker negotiations, threw water bottles and other small household items out of the front door during the standoff.
Neighbors said police responded to the home on Thursday after a male was seen in front of the residence threatening people with a stick.
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