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Nine-hour Valley Center standoff ends with peaceful surrender

San Diego Sheriff
Posted at 6:23 AM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 16:13:22-04

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) — A nine-hour standoff between San Diego SWAT officers and a Valley Center man ended with the suspect peacefully surrendering to authorities.

William Halverson was arrested hours after the standoff unfolded in the early hours Saturday. He faces multiple charges, including domestic violence, elder abuse, and felon in possession of a firearm, according to San Diego Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were called to a home in the 12000 block of Lilac Knolls Road just after 10 p.m. Friday over a verbal argument. When authorities contacted the victim inside the residence, they say they learned a dependent adult was immobilized inside.

Halverson made several statements he would "kill anyone who come on his property, including law enforcement," SDSO says. The victim heard Halverson chamber a shotgun, deputies say, and knew of multiple weapons inside the house.

A SWAT unit and SDSO Crisis Negotiation Team responded and urged Halverson to surrender.

Halverson was arrested at about 9 a.m. and booked into Vista Detention Facility.