SWAT standoff ends peacefully

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    Officers have evacuated homes in North Park after a resident reported hearing several shots fired inside a house on the corner of Bancroft Street and Upas Street, according to San Diego Police.

    San Diego Police took a man into custody after a five hour standoff with the SWAT team. Police responded to a report of shots fired at the 3300 block of Bancroft St. in North Park. 44 year-old Robert Lamb was in the home and police said he was upset over his father's health condition. Family members said the father had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for 20 years. Initial attempts to reach Lamb were unsuccessful. "Due to multiple gunshots that were reported and no response, a decision was made to check on the welfare of those in side the house," said Lt. Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department. A robot and cameras were placed in the house to assess the situation inside the home. "There was a phone that was tossed in to enable conversation with the person and that was eventually able to be used to talk the person out," Brown said. Two flash-bang devices were used to in what police said were an effort to get Lamb's attention. Around 8:00pm, Lamb was escorted out of his home in handcuffs, bare feet, wearing t-shirt and shorts. He was being held for questioning but Police did not say whether the man would be charged with a crime. Lamb's cousins who did not want to be named breathed a sigh of relief. "Just him coming down the street, we're just so happy, happy to see that. We're really happy for him," said a woman who said she was a relative. Other family members said he was generally happy and had just celebrated his cousin's graduation last week.