Man in custody after Cameron Park standoff

11:38 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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Standoff at Cameron Park Drive and Winterhaven Drive, Cameron Park, Feb. 18, 2013

CAMERON PARK, CA - A man possibly armed with a weapon was arrested approximately three and a half hours after refusing to come out of a residence in the 2200 block of Winterhaven Drive, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the home in response to a call for an assault with a deadly weapon around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

According to neighbors and eyewitnesses, 38-year old Miguel Ramirez stabbed a teenage boy who was transported to an area hospital. The teen's injury was not serious.

It wasn't clear if anyone else was in the home with the man.

About 7:45 p.m., SWAT sent in a police K-9 who bit the man, and officers were able to arrest him.

Neighbors said the man is a veteran and he had been involved in several disturbances in the neighborhood.

"He just said he was in Afghanistan and he has scars on his arms from Afghanistan and I guess it was a really bad experience for him," said neighbor Vanessa Zavala.

"He's always got his garage door open, blasting his music most days of the week," said neighbor Parker Wright.

Some homes on Winterhaven were evacuated as a precaution.

Some homes on Winterhaven were evacuated as a precaution.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Phil Chovanec said Ramirez would be booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

"Even at the end he was combative and still would not cooperate," Chovanec said.

"I kind of feel bad for him especially since he's married and he has kids and we've seen them," said Zavala.

Chovanec said Ramirez would be offered help.

"When we find individuals liike this we offer them all kinds of medical and psychological services that we can," said Chovanec.


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