Crossbow Standoff Ends After 4 Hours: Deputies

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    A Poway neighborhood was turned upside down during a confrontation with deputies on Tuesday.

    The incident on 1400 Tobiasson Road began at about 10 a.m., when deputies were sent out after a 911 call.

    The entire block was taped off by deputies, and many neighbors were forced wait out the ordeal in their cars down the street.

    "One of the neighbors reported that a man was in the street, yelling by himself for no apparent reason," said San Diego sheriff's Lt. Tony Giammarino. "Other neighbors were afraid of the male."

    Deputies said that when they arrived, the man ran back inside his home and grabbed a box cutter. He later came out with a crossbow and pointed it at deputies. The officers fired at the man with bean bags and Tasers to no effect, according to investigators. He eventually came out on his own, however, after talking with crisis negotiators.
       
    The man, who is in his late 40s, lives with his mother, according to neighbors. The woman was allowed back into the home after the ordeal ended.
       
    A neighbor said the man suffers from schizophrenia and was apparently off his medication.
       
    Deputies were pleased with the outcome.

    "The last thing we want to do is for this kind of event to end in an injury to a suspect or have him be hurt or killed as a result of his actions," Giammarino said. "So I would say we're very happy we were able to get him to come out and get him into custody."

    The sheriff's department said the man was arrested and will likely face charges for assault with a deadly weapon.