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Armed Man Dead After Downtown San Diego SWAT Standoff Ends In Gunfire

Above: San Diego police cruisers block streets off in the East Village after a man with a gun is reported being seen in a building on Broadway.

An apparently suicidal 62-year-old man raised a rifle toward officers from inside a third-floor room Wednesday during a standoff at a Core-Columbia retail/residential building, prompting one of them to fatally shoot him, authorities reported.

The events that led to the deadly gunfire began shortly after 10:30 a.m., when San Diego police got a report that a man was inside his upstairs rental unit in the 900 block of Broadway, armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

"Initial responding officers as well as emergency negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, to no avail, " Lt. Mike Hastings said.

Officers took up positions around the structure -- which also houses a bar and a hamburger restaurant on the ground floor -- and closed the east-west street in front of it along with traffic lanes on nearby streets.

The stalemate went on for about an hour, during which the armed man "acted despondent and agitated," Hastings said.

Finally, the suspect allegedly raised the rifle toward police in front of a window, prompting a 22-year department veteran to fire about a dozen rounds at him.

A SWAT team then entered the apartment, finding the resident dead. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Police told reporters the suspect was believed to have been an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

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JeanMarc | February 26, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

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JeanMarc | February 26, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I am not sure why my comment was removed... is it against the user agreement to express my lack of surprise that the police shot another person to death? I did not make any fictional statements. The police here seem to shoot people quite frequently, and they make sure to run and handcuff their dead body to show just how scared they were. The SDPD is rife with excessive force complains and lawsuits. It's the truth, and sometimes the truth can be ugly. But that doesn't mean we should hide it.

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