Encinitas SWAT standoff ends with suspect in custody

A suspect armed with a rifle holed up for about two hours on Nov. 2 in a Cardiff-area apartment with an 8-year-old boy inside, prompting a law enforcement standoff that ended with a SWAT team using beanbag rounds to get the man into custody.

Deputies from the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station were sent about 4 p.m. to investigate a disturbance in an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Carol View Drive, according to San DiegoCounty sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Bligh.

“Upon arriving on scene, deputies encountered a man with a rife inside an apartment with an 8-year-old child,” Bligh said. “The man refused to come out, but deputies continued to talk to the suspect.”

The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called in, but despite repeated calls for him to surrender the suspect remained inside.

The man was eventually talked into dropping his rifle, which allowed SWAT deputies to blast him with less-lethal bean bag rounds, Bligh said.

“The suspect was taken into custody with minor injuries,” Bligh said. “The boy was not hurt.”

The apartment complex was briefly evacuated during the standoff, which ended shortly before 6 p.m.

The suspect, whose name was not released, suffered a small contusion on his upper chest and was treated at a hospital, then booked into jail on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, false imprisonment, possession of a “zip gun,” and assault with a deadly weapon.

— David Hernandez from The San Diego Union-Tribune contributed to this report.