Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Vista Man Shows Off Improvised Arsenal to Deputies
San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded Saturday afternoon to a domestic disturbance involving a father and his 25 year-old son on the 1100 block of Meadow Lake Drive inVista.
Upon arriving, deputies made contact with the father, who was standing in front of his apartment building. He told deputies his son had broken a window and was throwing objects onto the front lawn.
One deputy saw the son through the window brandishing a knife. A single beanbag round was fired in an attempt to subdue the subject, but it struck an outside wall of the building. Deputies then moved to establish a perimeter around the building and make contact through a loudspeaker.
The son continued to show himself through the window at various intervals, at different times brandishing the knife, a baseball bat, or a hammer, and sometimes wearing what appeared to be a paintball mask. At one point, he left the second story apartment and came downstairs to retrieve his cell phone that he’d thrown out the window.
When he went back inside, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiating Team was able to contact him. After being assured he’d committed no crime, the son agreed to receive help from family members and deputies departed.