A Hesperia man is behind bars after he threatened to kill himself, his wife, children and mother-in-law and then barricaded himself in his home for several hours, authorities said.


Cody Wamsley, 37, was arrested Sunday afternoon for making terrorist threats and for domestic violence, according to Sgt. Colleen Kuhn. Deputies found two firearms and ammunition in the home in the 18600 block of Valencia Street when Wamsley finally gave up.


Wamsley and his wife had been arguing Sunday a little after noon when the fight escalated, authorities said, with the man eventually threatening to kill himself and his family.


His wife ran out of the home when Wamsley reportedly went to the garage to retrieve a rifle. She called family members for help, who in turn called Sheriff's Dispatch. The children were not at home at the time the woman ran out of the house.


Deputy Frank Hardin learned the man had a hunting rifle with a scope and a collapsible .22 caliber firearm along with ammunition in his possession.


The neighborhood around the home was not evacuated, but authorities warned neighbors to remain indoors, officials said.


Hardin tried to make contact with Wamsley for several hours, Kuhn said. Finally at about 2 p.m., Wamsley answered a phone line and agreed to give up.


No one was hurt in the incident.


Wamsley was booked into Victor Valley Jail.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.