Hours-long SWAT standoff ends with suspect in custody

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SAN DIEGO -- A 28-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday night following an hours-long SWAT standoff at a home in the Pauma Valley area.

The suspect, described by family members as a registered nurse who was acting erratically, called authorities to ask for help. When three Sheriff's deputies arrived at the home on Adams Drive around 5 p.m., shots rang out from inside the house.

The deputies returned fire, retreated and waited for backup, Sheriff's officials said. A SWAT team then arrived and surrounded the home.

Sheriff's officials first advised the public to remain clear of the area and asked residents to shelter in their homes, then evacuated all nearby residents.

Authorities tried to establish communication with the gunman, but when that was unsuccessful, the SWAT team entered the home and found the suspect inside with an apparent gunshot wound to his lower body, Williams said.

The man was arrested for attempted murder of a peace officer and was taken to a local hospital. He was expected to survive.

Deputies did not immediately identify the suspect.

It was about 10 p.m. by the time the standoff was over.

Deputies at the Valley Center sheriff's substation tweeted around 10:15 p.m. that residents were being allowed back into their homes, and said about 11:40 p.m. that most nearby roads were reopened, save for the immediate area of the standoff.

Sheriff's officials, in a later tweet, also thanked Pauma Tribal Police and the Pauma Casino for their assistance.

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