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SWAT team ends 8-hour standoff with assault suspect in Ramona home

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Authorities reported that a sheriff's SWAT team fired tear gas to prompt a 42-year-old man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend to surrender after an eight-hour standoff in Ramona.

The woman ran to a neighbor's house on Luelf Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to report that she'd just been assaulted and her 9-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were still in the home with her boyfriend, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Julie Sutton.

A command center was set up at the southwest corner of Southern Oak and Dye roads, she said, and SWAT officers were dispatched to the scene.

Around 4 a.m., the children got out on their own, Sutton said. Neither was hurt.

Sheriff's crisis negotiators tried for hours to contact the man by telephone, but he would not answer, or, when he did, he would hang up on negotiators, sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told KGTV.

The man drank alcohol Sunday night and deputies believed he was passed out or in a deep sleep, Caldwell said, adding that "flash bombs" were deployed to create a noise loud enough to wake someone up.

The flash-bang grenades had no impact. Deputies then fired tear gas, prompting the man to surrender around 6 a.m., she said.

The man had fallen asleep in a motor home parked near the house, where the children slept most of the night, Caldwell said.

Prior to the incident, deputies were called to the same home Sunday to investigate noise complaints, Caldwell said. They found heavy drinking under way but no one was arrested or cited because it was taking place inside a private residence, she said.
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