2 deputies injured in shooting in Encinitas: SWAT involved in standoff with suspected gunman

Incident occurred in 700 block of Del Rio Avenue

SAN DIEGO - Members of the sheriff's department SWAT team are involved in a standoff with a gunman suspected of wounding two sheriff's deputies during a shooting in an Encinitas neighborhood.  

The standoff was prompted by a shooting which occurred inside a home in the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue at about 3:30 p.m.

San Diego Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser told reporters that the mother of a 22-year-old man recently obtained a restraining order against her son. She called authorities after he arrived at her home on Del Rio Avenue, extremely upset about the order. The young man left after stealing her car, returned a short time later and then entered the house, Fraser said.

Responding deputies searched for the man inside the home, found an area where they believed he was hiding and established verbal contact with the man, Fraser said.

They attempted to negotiate with him for several minutes, but based on statements the man made, deputies deployed less lethal tear gas. The man then returned fire, striking two deputies.

One deputy was shot in the leg and was originally transported to Scripps Encinitas Hospital before being moved to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. He is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The surgery went well, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore.

"A young strong deputy…with positive thoughts and a lot of prayers out there, he'll get through this," Gore said.

10News learned through multiple sources that the deputy's name is Colin Snodgrass.

Family friends were already reaching out on Facebook, writing, "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families [Colin] Snodgrass."

Doctors say Snodgrass may have suffered serious nerve damage in his leg.

"There's still a lot of unknowns," Gore said. "It will take several days before we know the extent of the nerve damage."

The second deputy suffered a glancing wound to the forehead after a bullet grazed his head.

He transported to Scripps La Jolla and was treated and released Wednesday evening.

10News also confirmed through multiple sources that his name is James Steinmeyer.

More comments on Facebook offered support.

"My prayers and positive energy goes out to my cousin… Jimmy Steinmeyer, who was involved in a shooting and suffered a gunshot wound to the face," one post read.

Another read, "All I can say is thank you to God for saving my brother."

It is a chilling day for a law enforcement family coping with a violent past few weeks.

"Every deputy and officer in Southern California has been living this nightmare," said Gore. "To have it hit close to home again… it's tragic, but it's something that they live with everyday out there, unfortunately."

Both deputies are expected to make a full recovery from their injuries.

SWAT personnel are now involved in a standoff with the shooting suspect, who is holed up inside the home and is threatening to shoot deputies who try to enter.

Crisis negotiators were in contact with the suspect, who was believed to be alone in the home, Fraser said. He urged the suspect to surrender peacefully and follow all instructions from the crisis negotiators.

"We need to resolve this peacefully, and soon," Fraser said.

A source told 10News reporter Itica Milanes that one shot was heard inside the house at about 9:40 p.m. The source also added that SWAT had entered the home just before 10:30 p.m.

Due to the standoff, homes south of Del Rio Avenue were evacuated as a precaution. Road closures include Del Rio Avenue, west on Leucadia Boulevard and south of Saxony Road.

Due to sheriff roadblocks as far as a mile from the scene of the standoff, residents were unable to get to their homes Wednesday night.

All evening long, vehicles backed up along Saxony Road as deputies forced cars to turn around.

"It's really quiet, normally," said Linda Marquette, a resident who was unable to get home. "It's rare to hear a siren or anything going on."

She added, "It's super frustrating because the action's not on this street."

An armored rescue vehicle used by the Carlsbad Police Department transported residents who live near the standoff to the Encinitas Recreation Center, which is opened up to the community in times of crisis.

"They said we don't want people running around out there because we don't know where the guy's at... end up getting shot, it's our fault," said John Flores, another resident who was unable to get home.

For that reason, Flores and his mother Helen are thankful for a warm and safe place to relax until the standoff just a few miles away comes to an end.

"They won't let you in on Leucadia Boulevard," Flores said. "We tried Saxon. We tried over here off Leucadia. They've got everything blocked off, so we're kind of left out in the cold."

10News will have the latest developments regarding the standoff on 10News This Morning, starting at 4:30 a.m.

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