Man armed with golf club demands cigarettes, causes 7-Eleven standoff

Posted at 4:32 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-26 01:02:55-05

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A man was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff at an Oceanside 7-Eleven store Monday morning.

According to 10News photojournalist Paul Anderegg, the incident began when a man entered the 7-Eleven store on South Coast Highway near Cassidy Street around 1:00 a.m.

Armed with a golf club, the man demanded a pack of cigarettes. The clerk ran outside and called Oceanside police while the man remained inside the store and refused to come out once authorities arrived on scene.

During the two-hour ordeal, the man allegedly yelled profanities while holding the golf club, and police told 10News that the man also had a meth pipe in his hand.

Police eventually rushed the store door, shooting the suspect with a 40mm non-lethal round, Anderegg reported. A police K-9 was also seen biting the man.

The man was taken to Scripps Encinitas for treatment of his wounds.

If authorities do find drugs in the man's system, it would be the latest chapter in the alarming use of meth in San Diego County.

According to the Methamphetamine Strike Force, every 28 hours someone in San Diego County dies with meth in their system.

In 2014 there were 262 meth related deaths. In 2015 that number jumped to 311.

A 2015 report showed between 2009 and 2014 Customs and Border protection reported a 300 percent increase in the amount of meth seized at all of California's ports of entry.

The report also noted emergency-room visits throughout San Diego County have increased by thousands of patients, up 141 percent since 2010.