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Sunday Standoff Ends Peacefully
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There were no injuries and the situation was resolved peacefully, but neighbors in the immediate area were evacuated and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team called in following a domestic violence incident Sunday evening in Escalon.

Multiple callers notified the Escalon Police Department of a physical fight occurring in the 2200 block of Main Street about 9:20 p.m. Sunday and officers responding to the scene found that a woman and young child had gotten out of the home safely but the man involved had barricaded himself in the residence.

"The girlfriend and her child got out," Escalon Police Chief Doug Dunford said.

At that point, not knowing whether or not the man was armed, police took action.

"We did local evacuations around the house," Dunford said of taking precautions. "We called out the SWAT team ... they brought in the hostage negotiation team to talk to him."

Even though the man - later identified as Christopher Sage, 22, of Oakdale - had no hostages, negotiators tried to talk him out of the house. After the talks failed and after a several hour period with no apparent movement in the house, authorities decided to make entry, unsure if Sage had possibly harmed himself.

He was not injured and was taken into custody without incident around 2:30 a.m. Monday. No weapons were found in the home.

As a result of the domestic dispute, Sage was arrested on multiple felony counts including inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant, child cruelty, terrorist threats, violation of a domestic violence court order and parole violation. He was booked at San Joaquin County Jail.

"I can't say enough good things about the SWAT team, San Joaquin County sheriff's department personnel came out and did a great job," Dunford said.