Escondido, CA

Pauma man arrested after firing on deputies

Deputy sheriffs were involved in a shooting on the 15000 block of Adams Drive, in Pauma Valley on December 20, about 4 p.m.

Later, Jose Nieto, Age 28, of Pauma Valley man was arrested for three counts of PC 664- 187(A) Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer and three counts of PC 245 (D)(1) Assault of a Peace Officer with a Firearm. 

He was booked in absentia. He is being held without bail, under guard at a local hospital and will be arraigned this week.

Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man who said he needed help and didn’t feel safe in his home. As the deputies approached the front door, they were met by gunfire from within the home. All three deputies returned fire, established a perimeter around the home and called for additional resources, including the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED). 

After attempts to establish communication with the male were unsuccessful, SED Deputies entered the home and found a male inside with an apparent gunshot wound to his lower body.

The male was taken into custody for the attempted murder of a peace officer and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive. The deputies were not injured in the exchange of gunfire.

The deputies who were shot at by Jose Nieto in Pauma Valley are Cory Crawford, Jared Muli and John Avedesian. Deputy Crawford is assigned to the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station and has been a deputy since 2012. Deputy Muli is assigned to the Valley Center Sheriff’s Substation and has been a deputy since 2005. Deputy Avedesian is assigned to the Poway Sheriff’s Station and has been a deputy since 2017.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at 858-565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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