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SWAT Standoff in Fallbrook-Updated

Updated: Swat standoff ends peaceably as a man identified as Joshua Villegas, age 22 surrenders. San Diego Fugitive Task Force (FTF) officers were actively seeking warrant suspect Villegas in conjunction with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Villegas had a felony warrant for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Villegas was believed to be armed and dangerous. On 03/06/17 Fugitive Task Force officers observed Villegas enter an apartment at 923 Alturas Street in Fallbrook. Fugitive Task Force Officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment and surrounded it. Villegas was instructed to exit the apartment and surrender. Villegas did not comply with repeated law enforcement requests for him to exit apartment and surrender. Due to the danger posed by Villegas and his refusal to surrender, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail was requested to assist. Shortly after the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail responded, Villegas exited the apartment and was safely taken into custody. No other persons were located in the apartment. No civilians or officers were injured during this incident. Villegas will be booked into Vista jail for the outstanding arrest warrant with a $200,000 bail.

Fallbrook CA— A SWAT standoff is underway at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Alturas Road. A man believed to be armed with a weapon has barricaded himself inside an apartment. The complex has been evacuated.

Deputies from the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation, Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT), Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are working to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner.

You might hear a Sheriff’s Helicopter (ASTREA) flying overhead and patrol cars making announcements urging the suspect to surrender peacefully.

If you live in the neighborhood, please stay inside.

Please avoid the area if you can. This is all the information we have at this time and we will update this story when more information becomes available.

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