Police: Man threatened girlfriend with pickaxe, barricaded himself inside La Jolla Shores home

Posted at 11:39 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 21:37:14-05

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) – A man who reportedly tried to hit his girlfriend with a pickaxe was taken into custody after a standoff at a La Jolla Shores home.

At around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, San Diego police officers were called to a house in the 2500 block of Ellentown Road after receiving reports of a domestic violence incident.

10News learned a man inside reportedly threatened his girlfriend with a pickaxe, prompting her to leave. The unidentified man remained inside and refused police orders to come out.

"When we first got here, he was not communicating with us, he was just inside the house, yelling and screaming and banging against the wall," said SDPD Captain Tina Williams.

While officers tried to persuade him to surrender, sections of Ellentown Road were shut down due to the police activity.

At times the man appeared in the windows of the home holding the ax and knives, according to Williams. He also started a debris fire on top of his stove, sending smoke billowing from the house. 

Shortly after 1 p.m., the man went to the backyard, where police took him into custody without incident, according to Williams.

The man was booked on suspicion of attempted assault with a deadly weapon and felony domestic violence battery.

The victim was not seriously injured.

Williams said the incident was not the first time police had been called to the house. 

"Earlier this week, we did respond out here... he was out in the middle of the street causing an altercation," she said. He was gone by the time police arrived.