SWAT standoff in Encanto ends peacefully

An apparently suicidal man surrenders to police after a standoff at an Encanto apartment.

SAN DIEGO — An apparently suicidal man who punched his girlfriend and held her and two other women in an Encanto apartment released his prisoners early Thursday but remained locked in a standoff with a SWAT team before he finally surrendered, police said.

Police received a call around midnight reporting domestic violence in an apartment in the 6900 block of Imperial Avenue, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

Once there, officers found the man was armed with knives and holding three women inside, he said.

The man eventually let the women go and briefly stepped out of the apartment, threatening suicide and telling officers to shoot him, Cali said.

He then ducked back inside.

Two of the women were unharmed but his girlfriend lost teeth when he punched her in the mouth, said Cali, who described the other two women as roommates.

One of them was the man’s mother, according to broadcast reports.

The standoff ended about 6 a.m., when the man peacefully surrendered following hours of conversation with officers, police said.

Imperial Avenue between Flicker and Rainbow streets was closed to traffic due to the standoff.