Man Accused Of Firing At Deputies Taken Into Custody After Standoff Airs On Facebook

COVINA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a man suspected of firing at deputies has been taken into custody in Covina following an hours-long barricade.

The incident unfolded before 10 a.m. Sunday when deputies received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon.

“We heard three gun shots a pause and then three to four  more after that,” witness Gena Valtierra said.

When they responded to the area of the 16000 block of Cypress Street in Covina, authorities say Sean Vazquez began firing rounds at deputies.

Shots continued and were even aimed at their helicopter in the sky. His stepfather said Vazquez was high on drugs and in the house with a friend. A few hours into the standoff a man came out, was questioned and released. Meanwhile Vazquez was talking to the sheriff’s department and airing it on Facebook Live.

“Tell your men to stand back I’ll (expletive) walk out surrendering,” Vasquez psaid on Facebook.

He was taken into custody just after 1 p.m. without incident.

The sheriff’s department said Vazquez had a juvenile record. Vazquez’s younger brother drowned a few years ago and then his dad died.  His step-father said life’s been difficult for him since then.

“He’s a good kid, he’s a good kid. He just has some pain in his heart that he’s fighting demons,” his stepfather Octavio Medina said.

Nobody was hurt. Vazquez is in custody and a worried family promises he will getting the help he needs.

“Now it’s the healing process. Thank god he is ok,” Mendina said.

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