Domestic violence leads to SWAT standoff, husband missing

By Gina Yarbrough

Spring Valley, CA–A domestic violence incident between a husband and wife led to a SWAT standoff at a home in Spring Valley on Saturday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a domestic violence incident, just before 4 p.m., in the 8900 block of Spring Place.

Mario Sandoval, 32, was in an argument with his wife and was not allowing her to leave. During the argument, Sandoval pointed a handgun at her and threatened to kill her. The victim was able to escape the home and made contact with deputies.

Deputies surrounded the home and made sure all involved parties inside Sandoval’s home and the surrounding homes were evacuated. Evacuees were provided resources from the Red Cross during the incident.

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact Sandoval inside the home, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail was utilized to search the home, but Sandoval was not located. 

The investigation is currently active and ongoing.  



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