SAN DIEGO — The suspect in a domestic violence-related assault was arrested after a five-hour standoff with authorities in a Spring Valley apartment Sunday evening.
Around 4:30 p.m., deputies from the Santee San Diego County Sheriff’s Station received a call from a woman in an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Madrid Way. According to SDSO, she told law enforcement that she had been attacked by her husband.
The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the assault. Before she was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, the woman notified authorities that her husband, identified as 36-year-old Steven Walker, was in possession of two handguns and a rifle.
Deputies then attempted to contact Walker, but he had went back inside his apartment and locked the door. According to SDSO, authorities made multiple efforts to get him to exit the apartment through phone calls and announcements, but he refused.
Around 6 p.m., additional SDSO units were dispatched to the scene, including the Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT), Unmaned Aircraft Systems Unit and Crisis Negotiation Team. A search warrant was also obtained by the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station investigators, SDSO said.
In a post on X, SDSO officials encouraged the public to stay away from the location and to “expect a heavy law enforcement presence until the incident is resolved.”
According to SDSO, deputies were able to resolve the incident at about 10:30 p.m. when Walker exited his apartment and peacefully surrendered to law enforcement. The department said the scene had been reopened to the public in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly after.
Walker faces charges of assault with great bodily injury and domestic battery.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time. No additional details were immediately available.