Man fatally shot during SWAT standoff in Santee identified
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Monday released the name of a 31-year-old man who allegedly fired a crossbow at deputies during a standoff in a Santee-area neighborhood, prompting them to fatally shoot him.
The events that led to the deadly confrontation began shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, when someone made a 911 call to report that David Michael Moya was threatening his mother at his home in the 9900 block of Woodglen Vista Drive and possibly was armed with weapons, including an axe and a knife, according to sheriff’s officials.
The woman was able to escape unharmed, but Moya remained inside as patrol personnel took up positions around the residence and called for him to come outside and surrender.
As deputies tried to establish communications with the suspect, he peeked around a corner and fired an arrow from a crossbow, striking a doorway near where they stood, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam alleged.
A SWAT team was called in, along with crisis negotiators. As the stalemate continued, Moya appeared in an upstairs window of the house and allegedly fired the crossbow again in the direction of the sheriff’s personnel.
At that point, Deputies Matthew Hemphill, Robert Kastelic and James Riggin responded by firing at the suspect, who then vanished from view.
After further attempts to contact Moya proved fruitless, the special weapons and tactics officers sent a camera-equipped robotic device into the home and determined that a man was on the floor in the upstairs bedroom into which the deputies had fired, Rylaarsdam said.
About 5:30 p.m., the SWAT team entered the home and found Moya’s body. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.