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Man Surrenders after 9-Hour SWAT Standoff in Birdland


A man surrendered to police early Monday after a nine-hour standoff with a SWAT team in Birdland, police said.

Officers were called to a home on Seagull Court, near Fletcher Elementary School, for a welfare check at about 4:45 p.m. when they heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from inside the house, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

Police believed the man had a weapon and was a threat to himself so the SWAT team was called in to negotiate with the man.

A perimeter was established around the house and nearby residents were told to shelter in place, Buttle said.

Crisis negotiators used a megaphone to talk the man into surrendering but the man remained barricaded inside the home for about nine hours. 

At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, the man came out of the home and was taken into police custody. He was transported to a mental health facility. 

There were no injuries in the standoff, SDPD said. 


Source: NBC San Diego

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