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Man With Rifle, Young Child, Prompts Encinitas SWAT Standoff

A man armed with a rifle, holding a young child, prompted a SWAT standoff in Encinitas Wednesday, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Deparment (SDSO) spokesman Ryan Keim.

The standoff began shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on the 2300 block of Carol View Drive when deputies responded to a call of a disturbance. Keim said. 

The suspect, who has not been identified, made him way into an apartment in the complex, where he barricaded himself, prompting a SWAT standoff, deputies said. 

All the while he was inside, deputies kept contact with him, Keim said. 

When SDSO's Special Enforcement Detail arrived on scene, they eventually fired a beanbag shotgun round and took the suspect into custody. 

The young child was released unharmed. It is unclear if the child is the suspect's child. 

The suspect was treated for minor injuries and has since been taken into custody. Keim said officials are still trying to determine what charges to file. 

No shots were fired, aside from the beanbag shotgun, deputies said. 

SDSO advised drivers and residents to avoid the area. Those who live in the apartment complex near the incident were told to follow instructions by deputies to evacuate.

No other information was immediately available.

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