Man in custody, family is safe in Tempe barricade situation, police say

Tempe Police say a man barricaded himself inside his apartment with his family and threatened them, refusing to let them leave, on Saturday.

The incident happened on McKellips Road between College Avenue and Scottsdale Road just after 12:30 p.m. when police responded to reports of a man acting erratically.

"When officers arrived on scene, they contacted the male subject outside the apartment where he refused to speak with officers and retreated inside the apartment and threatened to harm his family," police said.

He then barricaded himself inside the apartment with his wife and three children, not allowing them to leave. 

Police called out crisis negotiators and the SWAT team. When that didn't work, they forced their way into the apartment and the family was rescued.

The suspect was arrested and his identity isn't being released.

No injuries were reported.

Courtesy of the Tempe Police Department