A Cardiff man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of holing up in his apartment when deputies arrived to question him about a domestic dispute, then using his 8-year-old son as a human shield during a two-hour armed standoff.
Victor Bautista, 33, allegedly got into a fight with the child’s mother at their residence in the 2300 block of Carol View Drive late Wednesday afternoon after she told the suspect she did not want him to take the boy on an outing, according to sheriff’s officials.
The woman eventually left, and a short time later deputies arrived to investigate a report about the disturbance in the couple’s apartment.
Bautista allegedly armed himself with a homemade 12-gage shotgun — a weapon known as a “zip gun” — then locked himself inside and held the boy hostage while refusing to surrender, Sgt. Scott Bligh said.
As deputies evacuated the complex, a sheriff’s SWAT team took positions around the suspect’s residence and crisis negotiators tried to persuade him to let the child go and peacefully give up.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Bautista agreed to put down the gun, at which point the special weapons and tactics personnel shot him with a beanbag gun, temporarily incapacitating him. They then took him into custody.
The child was unharmed, Bligh said.
Bautista was treated for minor injuries before being booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of assault, domestic violence, child cruelty, using a person as a shield and possessing a zip gun. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.
–City News Service
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