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UPDATE: Canyon Country: Standoff ends peacefully

Case handed off to parole officer

Posted: June 18, 2013 12:12 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:19 p.m.

Neighbor Larold Rubhun sent in this photo of SWAT team members outside the Canyon Country home where a man was holed up today. Some neighbors were evacuated.

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A tense barricade situation in Canyon Country ended peacefully Tuesday following a five-hour standoff that resulted in the evacuation of some residents.

“We had preliminary information that this individual was possibly armed,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “The SWAT team was brought in on standby.”

The man’s mother also reported he threatened to commit suicide by setting himself and the house on fire, Dubin said.

The standoff began around 11 a.m. on a report of a fire at the home in the 29300 block of Hidden Oak Place.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene after Fire Department paramedics reported a man, possibly armed, barricaded inside the residence.

Roads and a park in the area were closed and some residents were evacuated from their homes.

Besides a SWAT team, deputies called for members of the Sheriff’s Department Crisis Negotiation Team, Mental Health Evaluation Team and Special Enforcement Bureau, Dubin said.

The standoff ended when Sheriff’s Department officials determined there was no reason to believe the man was armed or that he posed any immediate risk to himself, his family or the neighborhood, Dubin said.

Members from the California Department of Corrections, Parole Division, assumed command of the scene around 5 p.m. and opened an investigation.

Deputies reopened roads and allowed residents to return home but continued to coordinate with the Department of Corrections, Dubin said.

The home belongs to John and Virginia Cammarano; negotiators addressed the individual in their phone conversations as “Mr. Cammarano,” a sheriff’s official confirmed.

Two neighbors said an adult son lived with the couple at the home.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said a Santa Clarita man identified as Matthew Cammarano is a suspended parolee.

“We have a Matthew Sean Cammarano listed as a parolee at large for not going to his (parole) meetings or somehow he was not reporting (to his parole officer),” department spokesman Luis Patino said.

At least one federal official and one local sheriff’s official identified the person living at the Cammarano house as Matthew Cammarano.
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