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Partygoers threatened by gunman

Christmas Eve get-together in Canyon Country turns into barricade situation

Posted: December 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A Christmas Eve party in a Canyon Country neighborhood ended with a barricaded suspect surrendering to police Christmas Day, according to a report filed at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sunday.

The saga began when a neighbor approached a home where a resident was having a garage party on Christmas Eve, according to the Sheriff’s Station report.

The resident hosting the party asked the neighbor, whom he described as drunk, to leave, the report said.

The neighbor retreated to the sidewalk, then pulled out a knife and threatened the partygoers with it, the report said. He then put the knife away, reached down toward his left ankle and pulled “a small snub-nose revolver holstered on the inside of suspect’s left ankle,” the reporting deputy wrote.

The suspect then allegedly raised the gun, pointed it at the group and said “I’m gonna ----in’ kill you.”

The host and guests retreated to the house and called the Sheriff’s Department. The neighbor went across the street to his own residence and barricaded himself in his home, the report said.

At 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day, deputies arrested Andrew Robert Sharp on suspicion of making criminal threats after he reportedly came out of his house.

Sharp was treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for a hand injury suffered when he punched a light.
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