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Swat standoff in El Cajon over, suspect arrested

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - A six hour standoff that led to evacuations in El Cajon overnight ends in an arrest.

Police were called to a home on Dominguez Way shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, after a woman reported that her husband attacked her and struck her repeatedly, El Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton said. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Ennis Staten, was seen with multiple knives including a machete inside the apartment. He also was breaking things inside the apartment and challenged officers to come in and get him, Henton continued.

The SWAT team was dispatched and crisis negotiators spoke to Staten throughout the night, but did not convince him to surrender, Henton said.

Henton said it became clear to officers about 5 a.m. Wednesday that the suspect was not going to come out on his own, so they deployed tear gas. Staten exited about a half hour later, armed with two swords, which he refused to drop, Henton said.

SWAT officers fired a sponge round -- similar to a beanbag round -- to force him to drop the weapons, Henton said. He arrested and taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Staten faces a number of charges, including spousal abuse, false imprisonment, criminal threats and threats against a peace officer.

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