Standoff ends in arrest for La Jolla man accused of pickax attack

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SAN DIEGO — A lengthy standoff in La Jolla Shores ended in arrest for a man accused of attacking a woman with a pickax Thursday.

Police surrounded the home in the 2500 block Ellentown Road near La Jolla Shores around 11 a.m. after they were called about the attack.

Officers tried to communicate with the man, but he refused to come out of the house. Police called in crisis counselors and called to the man over a loudspeaker to come out of the home. The man could be heard taunting police at the scene. A family psychologist and the man’s father were called to the house as the standoff moved into a second hour. Officers were concerned he might attack them or harm himself.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a San Diego Police Department Emergency Negotiation Team truck arrived at the home.

Officers took the man into custody when he came out of the home and surrendered around 1:15 p.m. His name and his relationship to the woman who was allegedly attacked were not released. That woman was not seriously injured, according to police.

Multiple fire trucks arrived at the scene around that time with sirens blaring, though it wasn’t clear if anyone had been injured. Officers were seen carrying a fire extinguisher into the home.

We will update this developing story as we learn more.

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