City Heights

Suspect Arrested After SWAT Incident in City Heights

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A man peacefully surrendered Saturday after SWAT officers were called to City Heights after a caller reported he and another person were shot, according to SDPD.

Officers received a 911 call from a man at around 9:30 p.m. reporting that he and another person had been shot at 1800 Rowan Street in the Fairmount Park neighborhood.

When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old man with an apparent wound to his head. He pointed officers at another person who was seated in a nearby car who also appeared to have been shot. Both victims were taken to the hospital, SDPD said.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that the two men were meeting another man to buy marijuana. The suspect then shot both victims and fled to a nearby residence, SDPD said.

The San Diego Police SWAT team and emergency negotiators were called to the scene to assist and to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the suspect. After 1:35 a.m. Saturday, the suspect, identified as Matatoa Samoata, 20, surrendered and was taken into custody, SDPD said.

Both victims are 21 years old who reside in Bakersfield, California. The man who called for help is expected to survive, the second man is not expected to survive his injuries, SDPD said. Their names have not yet been released.

Samoata was booked into jail for attempted murder. As the investigation continues, further charges are pending, SDPD said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 5312293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

No other information was available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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