Pala standoff: Man with gas can finally surrenders to authorities

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 22:31:11-04

SAN DIEGO - A man who led a chase through the North County Thursday morning before stopping in the Pala area and refusing to exit his vehicle has been taken into custody.

Authorities said the pursuit began in San Marcos at about 9:50 a.m. when a San Diego County sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over a black Chevrolet Silverado they considered suspicious.

The driver, identified as 34-year-old Oscar Daniel Cedillo of Oceanside, took off, and a pursuit ensued up northbound Interstate 15, the California Highway Patrol said. The truck exited the freeway and into Valley Center, driving erratically and going on the wrong side of the road at times.

The CHP deployed a spike strip near Valley Center Road that damaged one of the Silverado's tires. Cedillo continued driving onto westbound state Route 76, but another spike strip near Pala Mission Road near the Pala Casino damaged the vehicle's other tires.

Cedillo came to a stop at the entrance to Mission San Antonio De Pala on Pala Mission Rd. at about 10:24 a.m., where a standoff began. During the stalemate, Cedillo held a gas can and refused numerous commands to surrender.

At about 3:30 p.m., law enforcement officers used a pepper bomb in an attempt to force Cedillo to exit the truck. The standoff ended a short time later when he surrendered.

10News learned deputies were attempting to pull over the vehicle because they believed Cedillo was wanted for assault on a peace officer. However, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department did not immediately provide details about the assault, the initiation of the pursuit and charges Cedillo could be facing.

Children at nearby Children Vivian Bank Charter School were moved to a safe location during the standoff. Pala Casino, also located nearby, was not affected by the law enforcement activity.