SWAT confrontation with stabbing suspect at La Jolla Indian Reservation ends in arrest

A man stabbed his uncle with a large knife Tuesday morning on the La Jolla Indian Reservation near Valley Center and then fled to a nearby field, sparking a six-hour standoff, sheriff’s officials said.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man, turned himself in around 3 p.m., according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Emig. His uncle was seriously injured but does not put his life in danger.

It’s unclear exactly what time the incident began, but Tribal Police requested assistance from Valley Center deputies around 8:50 a.m., Emig wrote in a news release.

Officers told deputies the suspect had an altercation with family members at a residence on Amago Road near Church Road, just northwest of State Highway 76 at the base of Palomar Mountain, Emig wrote. When deputies arrived they were told that the man’s uncle had been taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Deputies also learned that the suspect was still at the scene and still armed with the large knife, Emig wrote. When they tried to stop him, he ran into the field.

He refused repeated orders to surrender, prompting the Sheriff’s SWAT officers and crisis negotiators to respond, Sheriff’s Lt. Nanette McMasters said. By 1:30 p.m., more than 30 law enforcement officers had set up a perimeter around where the man was.

At around 3 p.m., after about five hours of discussions with crisis negotiators, the man surrendered, Emig said. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and committed him to Vista Jail, where he remained Tuesday night in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Editor Karen Kucher and City News Service contributed to this report.

Nohemi M. Moore