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Santee Standoff Ends With Armed Suspect in Police Custody

A man reportedly violated a restraining order, prompting a SWAT standoff in Santee.

A SWAT standoff ended after police took an armed man holed up in a Santee home into custody Monday.

Diversionary devices that sound similar to gunfire were used to help get the man out of the house, and the standoff ended peacefully after nearly four hours of flash bangs and gunfire.

Deputies were called to the home after receiving a report of a disturbance just after 9 a.m. The man, who appears to be in his early 20s, was by himself, inside the house located on the 8500 block of Massery Lane, said a San Diego County Sheriff's department (SDSO) official.

The suspect was believed to have violated a restraining order, confirmed sheriff's deputies. He was reportedly carrying a gun. The Sheriff's Crisis Negotiation Team was at the scene attempting to negotiate with him.

Deputies from the Santee Sheriff's Station, Lakeside Sheriff's Substation, Alpine Station, Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) worked to peacefully resolve the situation.

Sheriff's deputies issued an alert asking residents in the neighborhood to stay inside their homes for their safety.

A Sheriff's helicopter (ASTREA) flew over the house to surveil the area. Deputies said patrol cars made announcements urging the suspect to surrender.

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