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Standoff in east Bakersfield ends peacefully, 36-year-old man taken into custody

Posted at 4:04 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 22:04:04-04

A more than two-hour standoff in East Bakersfield has come to an end and a 36-year-old man has been taken into custody. 

Just before 4 p.m. Monday the Kern County Sheriff's Office responded to Breckenridge Road and Royal way for reports of a knife-wielding man inside of a home trying to commit suicide by cop. 

Officials arrived on scene and tried getting the suspect, identified as Mario Cornejo, to come out of the home. 

A short time later the SWAT team was called to the scene. 

Deputies were able to make entry to the home where they discovered two other people, Cornejo's 46-year-old girlfriend and his girlfriend's 26-year-old son, were also locked inside of a room with Cornejo. 

Police said it was unclear if the other two people were inside willingly or were being held as hostages. 

Officials have not determined a motive at this time, but said others who live in the home told police the couple had been arguing throughout the day. 

Deputies recovered the knife and no one was injured. 

After nearly two hours of negotiations, Cornejo surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody. 

According to KCSO Cornejo has been arrested and charged with two felonies in the past including false imprisonment and resisting arrest.