DOMESTIC ABUSE SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO TRAILER, PROMPTING SWAT CALL-OUT IN BOULEVARD

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East County News Service

File photo: Sheriff SWAT officers

October 9, 2017 (Boulevard) – Brian Ellis, 34, was arrested around 11 p.m. last night for arson and assault with a deadly weapon following an overnight SWAT stand-off in Boulevard.

Deputies responded to a call reporting assault with a deadly weapon in the 38000 block of Tierra Real Road around 5:38 p.m..  According to San Diego Sheriff’s Sergeant William Hout, the suspect “had struck a female relative in the face with a baseball bat and injured a male relative with a sword.”

Both victims were treated at a hospital and released.  Deputies asked the ASTREA helicopter and a canine crew to assist.  Deputies found Ellis inside a fifth wheel trailer on the property, “pacing back and forth” and “rambling incoherently,” Sgt. Hout says.

Hout adds that Ellis refused deputies’ commands to exit the trail and began verbally threatening the deputies.  Believing he was trying to set the trailer on fire, deputies sought help from the Special Enforcement Detail, which sent crisis negotiators to try and establish contact.

Ellis set fire to the trailer and tried to flee on foot, but was detained by Special Enforcement Detail deputies a short distance from the trailer.

The blaze spread to several other outbuildings on the property.   Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the trailer was a total loss and other buildings sustained damage. The Sheriff’s bomb/arson unit deputies responded to investigate. No deputies were injured.