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SWAT standoff in Spring Valley prompts late-night neighborhood lockdown

San Diego Sheriff's told CBS 8 that their SWAT team was requested to the scene as an armed man was holed up inside a home, refusing commands to surrender.
Credit: 619 News Media

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — A neighborhood in Spring Valley was locked-down Saturday night as authorities worked to get a domestic violence suspect out of a home.

San Diego Sheriff's responded to the 8000 block of Spring Place in the Spring Valley area around 3:48 p.m. following reports of domestic violence.

According to a release from Rancho San Diego Sheriff's station on Sunday morning, the suspect was identified as Mario Sandoval. He was in an argument with his wife and was not allowing her to leave. During the argument, Sandoval pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened to kill her. The victim was able to escape the home and made contact with deputies.

Residents posted to the neighborhood reporting app 'Nextdoor' with reports that a law enforcement helicopter was circling the area with their spotlight focused on a home.

Witnesses told 619 News Media, a San Diego news video gathering company on the scene, that the person living in the home was a "public nuisance, and people frequenting the home were known to steal from vehicles in the neighborhood."

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact Sandoval inside the home, the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) was utilized to search the home, but Sandoval was not located. The investigation is currently active and ongoing.   

Sandoval is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public. 

If anyone has information on Sandoval's location, they are urged to call 9-1-1 or the Sheriff's non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. 

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