SWAT teams close in on west Phoenix neighborhood

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- SWAT teams closed in on a Phoenix neighborhood Tuesday night after a routine serving of a search warrant turned into a barricade situation.

Deputies initially went to the neighborhood near 67th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road to serve a search warrant for drugs. But when the suspects tried to flee, SWAT teams were called in and dozens of deputies swarmed the area.

At least 30 sheriff's vehicles were on scene and a helicopter searched the neighborhood from the air.

Four people were detained and were being held for questioning.

Neighbors were rattled by all the activity.

"My concern is my children," area resident Mary Melvin told 3TV. "That's my main concern. I don't know what's going on. I know that there were some people who were detained and they've been sitting there for quite a long time. Our community needs to do something about it. So if this is going to improve the crime in our area, so be it, because they need to get them off the streets."

"There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood," said another neighbor, Gabriel Marquez. "I grew up playing in this neighborhood and it's a family neighborhood. There are a lot of drugs now but at least they're cleaning it up."

Suspects were still believed to be holed up inside the home, so SWAT teams sent in a robot first then detectives moved in to search the property.