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Pauma Valley Man Who Shot at Deputies In Custody After Hours-Long Standoff

The suspect, a nurse by profession, had a gunshot wound to his lower body that he treated himself.

A Pauma Valley man who exchanged gunfire with deputies at his home Thursday night was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff, deputies said.

Deputies responded to a  home on Adams Drive, north of Pauma Casino, at around 4 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a man who said he didn't feel safe inside his home, San Diego County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Schaller said.

When deputies arrived, they saw a man coming to the door with a handgun. The suspect began firing at them, Lt. Scaller said. Three deputies returned fire as they retreated.

For hours, deputies were unsure if anyone else was in the house. SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said deputies at the scene were unable to get a response from the suspect and they weren't sure if he was still inside, or if he was injured or dead.

Eventually, deputies made their way inside the home and found the man, who has not yet been identified, with a gunshot wound to the leg. The suspect, a nurse by profession, had treated the wound himself, SDSO said. 

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

He was placed under arrest on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer. 

SDSO said no deputies were injured. 

During the standoff, nearby residents were evacuated and others were told to shelter in their homes. Some were told to avoid the area if possible.

Neighbors were let back into their homes following the arrest.

No other information was available.

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