Gaslamp deputy shooting suspect escapes Spring Valley SWAT standoff

Ray Pitoau, 37, is wanted for shooting a deputy
Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 09:06:01-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - SWAT officers swarmed an East County home Wednesday, looking for a man connected to last weekend's shooting in the Gaslamp. 

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San Diego Police officers were serving a search warrant on a home in the 1600 block of Tarleton St., near Jamacha Road and State Route 125 at about 3 p.m.

The standoff was over around 7:15 p.m. after police entered the house and found no one inside. They confirmed to 10News that the search was for Ray Pitoau. They say the  37-year-old is wanted for shooting off-duty Sheriff's Deputy Jason Philpot early Monday morning. 

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Again, Ray Pitoau was not found inside the home. Police continue to look for him and consider him armed and dangerous. 


  • Date of birth: January 4, 1980
  • Samoan male
  • 5’11”, 225 pounds
  • Black hair and brown eyes
  • Has a distinguished “SD” tattoo on the upper right chest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619 531-2000 or San Diego Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to his arrest.