Report of domestic violence and kidnapping in Rocklin leads to confrontation with police

Officers arrested three people after a report of domestic violence at the Rocklin housing estate led to a Monday night standoff that lasted for several hours before a SWAT team used tear gas and distraction devices to force surrender.

The standoff with police took place at the Sunset Apartments in the 3500 block of Sunset Boulevard. The officer responded to reports of domestic violence, kidnapping and false imprisonment committed at an apartment complex, the Rocklin Police Department said Tuesday afternoon in a press release.

The officer tried to talk to a man in the house, later identified as Daniel Chavez, who was wanted for alleged crimes and had warrants for his arrest. Police said Chavez refused to open the door and leave the apartment.

Police said that after more than an hour of trying to convince Chavez to leave the house, a special forces team and crisis negotiators were called to the house. The SWAT team includes officers from the Roseville and Rocklin Police Departments.

The police said that Chavez would not obey the orders of the officers and would leave the house despite negotiations.

Authorities closed Sunset Boulevard to vehicular traffic between Third and Pacific Streets as police officers worked at the scene at the apartment complex, Rocklin police said shortly after 9 p.m. Monday in social media posts. At 00:19 on Tuesday, the police announced that the police had cleared the scene and reopened the street.

According to the police department, the SWAT team used two distractions and CS gas, a commonly used tear gas, to force Chavez and two other people in the apartment to surrender.

Police said Chavez was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic violence and resisting arrest. He also had warrants for his arrest for felony and misdemeanor.

Police said Thomas Nicholson and Crystal Powell, who were in the apartment with Chavez on Monday night and turned themselves in to police, were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest. They also had warrants for their arrest.

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