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SWAT standoff shakes up South Bay neighborhood

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A man suspected of domestic violence and stealing police equipment surrendered to authorities Tuesday but five people with him in a Chula Vista home initially refused to come out, leading to a SWAT standoff that ended with their surrender several hours later.

Officers investigating the alleged assault, reported in San Diego on Monday evening, tracked the alleged perpetrator -- 20-year-old Mark Edward Walters Jr. -- to a house in the 1800 block of Ithaca Street in Chula Vista, according to police.

Upon being contacted by telephone, Walters came out of the residence and surrendered peacefully about 3 a.m., CVPD Lt. Phil Collum said.

Five other occupants of the home, however, refused officers' repeated orders to come outside, prompting officials to call in a special-weapons and tactics team. A stretch of the street in front of the house was closed to through traffic as a precaution.

The stalemate continued until about 6:30 a.m., when the five finally came outside and were taken into custody. After being questioned, the detainees were released and were not expected to face charges. It was unclear why they initially refused to cooperate with police, Collum said.

Officers, meanwhile, searched the house for a police rifle and several law enforcement radios stolen Sunday during an auto burglary in Chula Vista. The gear was not in the house, but the electronic devices were found dumped in shrubbery down the street, the lieutenant said. The firearm remained missing as of this afternoon.

Walters, a Chula Vista resident, was booked only for the alleged domestic violence, though remained a suspect in the car break-in and police equipment theft. He was being held in San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Walters is acquainted with at least one resident of the home where the standoff occurred, Collum said.

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