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Deputies: 11-hour standoff with attempted homicide suspect leads to arrest

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Cuitlahuac Padilla

LIVE OAK, Calif. - A wanted parolee was taken into custody after an 11-hour standoff that caused two schools to go on lockdown in Live Oak on Friday, according to the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 3 a.m., deputies said a man approached another man in his car and fired a shot at the man and missed.

The victim called 911 and was able to identify the suspect as 39-year-old Cuitlahuac Padilla, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said Padilla went into an apartment and was alone.

Due to Padilla being armed, wanted for attempted homicide and being a parolee-at-large, the apartment complex was evacuated and Live Oak Middle School and Live Oak High School went on lockdown after students arrived at school.

The Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) tried non-lethal options, such as flash bands, tear gas and having a family member speak to Padilla, according to deputies.

At one point during the negotiation, deputies said a fire started in the apartment.

The SED and HNT eventually went into the apartment and arrested Padilla, according to deputies. 

He was booked into jail on charges of attempted homicide and felon in possession of a gun. He is being held on no bail and is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

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