Assault on deputy, gunfire prompt SWAT stand-off

IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) – A suspect in a domestic disturbance in a South
Bay neighborhood allegedly punched a responding deputy Friday, then holed up in
a nearby apartment and fired a gun toward sheriff's personnel trying to take
him into custody, prompting a nearly five-hour standoff that ended with his
arrest.

The initial assault occurred as a patrolman was responding to reports of
a loud argument in the 1400 block of 14th Street in Imperial Beach about 6:30
a.m., Lt. Mike Munsey said.

The deputy approached a suspect, who hit him and ran off, according to
Munsey. Medics took the lawman to an emergency room for evaluation of
apparently minor injuries.

The suspect, meanwhile, fled into a nearby rental residence on Holly
Avenue. A retirement-age man who lives in the unit was able to escape unharmed.

The suspect refused orders to exit and surrender for about five hours,
and at one point fired a shot out a front window toward deputies. No one was
hurt.

As the stalemate continued, a special weapons and tactics team took up
positions around the apartment, and deputies evacuated everyone out of a dozen
nearby units and closed a stretch of the street in front of the complex.

The standoff continued into the late morning, by which point the suspect
was speaking with crisis negotiators.

“We don't rush these things,” Munsey said.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the man finally allowed himself to be taken
into custody without further incident, a sheriff's dispatcher said. The
suspect's name was not immediately available.

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