Sacramento sheriff's deputies surprised a family whose apartment was destroyed in a hostage standoff with new furnishings and a Walmart shopping spree.
Alexis and Michael Pittman and their two sons were forced to move from their apartment after Alexis' cousin, Anthony Alvarez, held 16-month-old Michael Jr. hostage for three days in a standoff with deputies.
The ordeal ended June 11 when deputies shot Alvarez to death.
Moved by the family's plight, deputies secured $6,000 in donated furniture from local retailers, which they surreptitiously delivered to the family's new apartment before they moved in Thursday.
Deputy Paul Moen says the family was surprised and grateful.
Officials estimate the standoff cost the department more than $100,000 in overtime.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun