La Jolla Indian Reservation SWAT showdown ends with man arrested on suspicion of stabbing his uncle

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. — A man suspected of stabbing his uncle was arrested Tuesday after a six-hour SWAT confrontation on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly before 9 a.m., La Jolla Reservation Tribal Police received a call about an altercation between a man and his family and requested assistance from Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation Deputies. , Lt. Jim Emig said in a news release on Wednesday. Deputies arrived at the 500 block of Amago Road and said the suspect, whom authorities identified as 27-year-old Joseph Raymond Amago, had stabbed his uncle with a “large combat knife”.

Deputies tried to detain Amago, but he ran into an empty field nearby, Emig said.

“Deputies developed a dialogue with the man and attempted to persuade him to drop the knife, but he refused to cooperate and a six-hour standoff ensued,” Emig said in the statement.

SWAT and negotiators responded, and after five hours of negotiations, Amago turned himself in and was arrested.

The stabbing victim was taken to Palomar Hospital for treatment for serious injuries. He was expected to survive.

Amago was incarcerated at Vista Detention Center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and displaying a weapon in a threatening manner.

Nohemi M. Moore