SPRING VALLEY -- A man who witnesses said was brandishing a "sawed-off" shotgun was later arrested when he was spotted walking away from a taco shop.
Dontel Wallace, 26, was booked on charges of felon in possession of a weapon, resisting an officer, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and other related charges.
The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. Thursday when San Diego County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed suspicious person near 3600 Bancroft Drive.
About 40 minutes later, a deputy spotted a man fitting the suspect description in the vicinity. The man tried to hide behind a large dumpster and as two deputies approached, they heard the sound of a shotgun racking a round, the sheriff's department reported.
The deputies took immediate cover and ordered the suspect to drop the shotgun. At that point, they heard what sounded like the shotgun being thrown into the dumpster and then the suspect emerged with his hands up.
The sheriff's department said the suspect then refused to comply with orders to stop. The deputies ran after the man and tackled him to the ground.
A loaded shotgun, with a chambered round, was recovered from the dumpster and the suspect, identified as Dontel Wallace, was taken into custody.