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Sheriff's Dept. takes emotionally disturbed man into custody after hours of standoff in Fallbrook apartment complex

Sheriff's deputies took a man into custody after spending over six hours in a standoff with the subject at a Fallbrook apartment complex last night.

According to Sgt. Dwain Washington, deputies responded to a call at 5:17 p.m. on Tues., March 1, advising them that an emotionally disturbed man had flooded his apartment with natural gas from the stove and was threatening to light the apartment at Summer Ridge apartment complex in the 800 block of East Alvarado Street in Fallbrook.

"[North County] Fire personnel turned off the gas to the entire apartment complex and neighboring apartments were evacuated," reported Washington. "The Red Cross responded to assist and the displaced tenants were directed to a nearby church."

Washington said deputies made call-outs for the subject to exit the apartment, but he refused.

"Deputies used a less lethal weapon to break out a window to ventilate the apartment and to better communicate with the subject," said Washington. "The Sheriff's Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) attempted to establish communication with the male subject but they were unsuccessful. At 11:38 p.m. deputies approached the apartment in order to contact the subject. Deputies observed the male hiding behind furniture and refusing to comply with deputies' orders to exit the apartment. Deputies entered the apartment and the subject resisted arrest. Force was used to gain control of the emotionally disturbed male subject." Unofficial sources said they believed a taser may have been used.

The man was evaluated for injuries by paramedics, and later transported to Tri-City Hospital and placed on a 72-hour mental health evaluation hold.

"There were no other reported injuries during this incident," said Washington. "Following the arrest, the displaced tenants were returned to their apartments."

Editor's note: As is customary due to privacy practices, the names of those taken into custody with mental disorders are generally not provided by law enforcement, unless a court trial ensues.

(previous story, 3 a.m., Wed., March 2)

Sheriff's Dept. takes man into custody after hours of standoff in apartment complex

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

After over six hours of a standoff with a man barricading himself inside an apartment last night, Sheriff's officials took him into custody.

The incident began just before 5:30 p.m., Tues., March 1 at the Summer Ridge Apartment complex in the 800 block of East Alvarado Street in Fallbrook when the man's female companion called 911 to report he was having problems.

When responders arrived, the man would not allow them to enter the premises and nearby residents thought they heard something resembling gunfire. Shortly afterward, residents of the complex were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Shortly before midnight, after spending several hours trying to coax the man out of the apartment, the Sheriff's Dept. used a taser to subdue the man so he could be taken into custody.

Preliminary information was that the man had not been taking his prescribed medication for a

bipolar/depression disorder.

 

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