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Tuolumne Man Arrested For Battery After Hours-Long Standoff

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Joshua J. Willis (credit: El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept.)

Joshua J. Willis (credit: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dept.)

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SHINGLE SPRINGS (CBS13) – A Tuolumne man accused of assaulting and battering his girlfriend early Saturday morning was arrested after an hours-long standoff with El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies say they received calls at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday about a disturbance at an apartment unit on Service Court in Shingle Springs. When deputies arrived on scene, they learned the suspect, Joshua J. Willis, 28, of Tuolume, had injured his girlfriend and had a .45 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber rifle with him inside the apartment.

Willis’ girlfriend was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Willis barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused deputies’ orders to come out. When deputies heard gunshots coming from inside, they called for SWAT team backup and sheriff’s crisis negotiators.

At around 8 a.m., “special tactics” involving a sheriff’s robot were used, resulting in Willis surrendering to deputies. He was arrested for battery and taken to the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville.

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