EL CAJON: Sword-wielding man prompts six-hour SWAT stand-off

(CNS) – A sword-wielding man who holed up in an El Cajon home
amid a reported domestic dispute, prompting a more than six-hour standoff, was
arrested, then hospitalized, Wednesday, police said.

Police went to an apartment at 353 Dominguez Way shortly after 11 p.m.
Tuesday in response to a woman who said her husband struck her repeatedly, El
Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton said. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for
facial injuries, he said.

Ennis Staten, 38, remained in the apartment as officers arrived. He
threatened to stab officers if they went inside and to kill himself, Henton
said.

During the initial stages of the incident, the suspect was seen with
multiple knives, including a machete, Henton said. He also was breaking things
inside the apartment and challenged officers to come in and get him, the
lieutenant said.

The SWAT team was dispatched and crisis negotiators spoke to Staten
throughout the night, but did not convince him to surrender, Henton said.

Henton said it became clear to officers about 5 a.m. that the suspect
was not going to come out on his own, so they deployed tear gas. Staten exited
about a half hour later, armed with two swords, which he refused to drop,
Henton said.

SWAT officers fired a sponge round — similar to a beanbag round — to
force him to drop the weapons, Henton said. He arrested and taken to a hospital
for an evaluation.

Staten would be booked on suspicion spousal abuse, false imprisonment,
criminal threats and threats against a peace officer, he said.

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