Escondido SWAT stand-off ends peacefully

ESCONDIDO (CNS) – A man who reportedly was seen carrying a rifle in a
North County neighborhood Wednesday holed up inside a home in the area when police
arrived to investigate, prompting a several-hour SWAT standoff that ended with
his surrender.

Patrol personnel went to the house at Fifth Avenue and Spruce Street in
Escondido to contact the suspect shortly before 9:30 a.m., Lt. Chris Wynn said.

Two other men in the residence near Westside Park complied with
officers' directions come out, but the one believed to be armed with a gun
remained inside, according to Wynn.

A special weapons and tactics squad was summoned in the late morning to
take up positions around the home as police continued trying to get the suspect
to give himself up.

About 1 p.m., the man surrendered and was taken into custody for
questioning, Sgt. Mike Kearney. The suspect's name was not immediately

Officers were awaiting a warrant to enter and search the house, the
sergeant said.

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