5-hour standoff ends when domestic violence suspect surrenders

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SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – A domestic violence suspect who had barricaded himself inside his home with his young son and two  teenage exchange students was arrested Friday morning, ending a five-hour armed standoff.

Deputies were first sent to the house in the 1600 block of Ramona Avenue near Eucalyptus Street around 9:30 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of an argument involving  30-year-old Francois Konekotto and his wife, sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. The Konekotto's wife was outside the home when officers arrived. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.

Konekotto's 7-year-old son and two foreign exchange students remained inside the home. Deputies attempted to coax the suspect out, but he refused, prompting them to call SWAT deputies about 1:30 a.m.  Friday, Caldwell said.

At around 6 a.m., several SWAT officers helped the two 17-year-old exchange students get out of the house, but Konekotto and his son remained inside. He came out of the house and surrendered peacefully at about 6:45 a.m. His son was not harmed.

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