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Toddler girl found safe after armed San Ysidro SWAT standoff suspect surrenders

Loaded gun also found inside
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Posted at 8:34 AM, Feb 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-19 17:12:46-05

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — An armed suspect is in custody and a child was safely recovered after a seven-hour SWAT standoff at a San Ysidro apartment complex, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman announced on Twitter Sunday morning. 

What began as a domestic violence call to the Park Haven Apartments on Camino de la Plaza, across the street from Las Americas Outlets mall, at 4:13 a.m. escalated when 25-year-old Nicholas Schaffer refused to come out of the apartment. 

Police evacuated the apartment complex and shut down parts of the street and Willow Road. 

Earlier media reports indicated that Schaffer was holed up inside the apartment alone but Zimmerman announced a "baby" was unharmed inside the apartment. The child was a 17-month-old girl. 

A loaded firearm was also recovered. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV 10News digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy