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Loomis man in standoff with sheriffs

SWAT team on site
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A Loomis man, with an outstanding arrest warrant, is in a standoff with Placer County Sheriffs and has barricaded himself in a Margaret Drive home in Loomis. According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Padilla,the Placer County Special Enforcement Team is attempting to get a phone into the house to open a direct line of communication. They have not been able to make contact, so at 2:30 p.m. officers shot a ferret round of gas into the home. A second round was shot at 3 p.m. Padilla said Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute call this morning and found Clinton Culpepper, 29, standing outside and bleeding. Dena Erwin, the Sheriff's public information officer, said the department received a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. from a witness who saw a man assaulting his girlfriend inside of and near his car. She said when deputies arrived, they attempted to contact Culpepper who fled into a family residence, barricaded himself inside and is refusing to come out. Padilla said they must operate under the assumption that Culpepper is armed. Officers said the female who was involved in the dispute had left prior to their arrival. Padilla said Culpepper appears to have been injured in the dispute. No direct contact has been made with Culpepper, although attempts have been made to contact him by telephone, Padilla said. Officers have been using a bullhorn to request that Culpepper exit the home with his hands up. They told him he would not be hurt and that they had a warrant for his arrest. Culpepper, said Padilla, has an outstanding warrant of $50,000 for resisting arrest in a prior incident. Officers have spoken to Culpepper’s mother, who owns the house. She has said her son doesn’t have weapons she knows of, and none are registered to him, Padilla said. Erwin said Culpepper faces fresh charges of domestic violence and has numerous warrants totaling $50,000. She said he has a history of weapon possession and may have a weapon in the house. She said the department is attempting to negotiate with Culpepper and hope to get him out of the home safely. The female in the dispute has been located, but her identity has not been released. Erwin said she sustained minor injuries in the fight and has taken herself to the hospital for treatment. Authorities have set up a command center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Margaret Drive. Margaret Drive is closed between King Road and Jenny Court. Adjoining neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. --Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer