Law enforcement officials converged on a Santa Maria neighborhood where a man barricaded himself inside the attic of a residence during a probation sweep Thursday and refused to come out, according to Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials.

After deploying gas canisters into the home, a man and woman eventually surrendered to the members of the sheriff's Special Enforcement Team. The identities of the suspects have not been released.  

Sheriff's officials were conducting probation searches around 12:40 p.m. Thursday in the area near Liberty Elementary School when they began looking for a wanted subject with a warrant located at a residence in the 1900 block of Estriga Court. The subject reportedly fled inside the home and barricaded himself there. 

Officials were on scene for several hours attempting to get the man to come out, said public information officer Kelly Hoover. Residences in the immediate area were evacuated and others were sent an emergency notification telling them to shelter in place. 

After more than four hours of urging the man to surrender and exit the home, sheriff's officers on scene fired gas canisters into the home. The gas irritant filled the home and the surrounding area. 

Shortly after, a man exited the home's garage and was taken into custody. The man was taken to a neighboring yard and hosed down with water, while handcuffed, to remove the irritants. 

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A few minutes later, a woman exited the home and was taken into custody. 

Animal control officers were also called to the scene because there were multiple small dogs at the home. Four small dogs were in the home's backyard, and an unknown number of dogs were locked in the home's laundry room, officials at the scene said. 

Nearby Liberty Elementary School was put on lockdown for an hour and the school was advised to use the north side of the campus when exiting, Hoover said. School administrators said the dismissal bus was delayed, but students were able to get safely home. 

A California Highway Patrol air support helicopter assisted law enforcement officials with the incident.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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