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Standoff ends after shooting suspect takes own life

ENCINITAS, Calif. — A 22-year-old man accused of shooting two deputies and holding up in his mother’s Encinitas home — prompting a 10-hour SWAT standoff that displaced about 25 residents — was found dead of a self- inflicted gunshot wound early Thursday, authorities said.

swatThe incident in the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue near Leucadia Boulevard began around 1 p.m. Wednesday with a woman reporting that her adult son was upset that she had recently obtained a restraining order against him and had taken off in her car, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

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He returned to the home shortly after 3:30 p.m. and deputies tried to talk to him inside the residence, department spokeswoman Melissa Aquino said in a statement.

Several patrol deputies entered the home with the mother’s consent and established verbal contact with the man, sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser told reporters at the scene.

“After several minutes of negotiation with him, which was unsuccessful, and because of some statements he was making they deployed less lethal tear gas,” Fraser said. “Unfortunately, the male returned fire, striking two deputies.”

The wounded deputies were then evacuated and sent to hospitals, he said.

One of the deputies was wounded in the forehead and the other, in the leg, according to Aquino. Both were expected to survive.

After shots were fired, the suspect stayed inside. Crisis negotiators and SWAT teams from around the county flocked to the scene, and for several hours, negotiators were in contact with the suspect, authorities said.

Around 1:30 a.m. today, robots were sent into the home to check on the suspect and about 10 minutes after that, SWAT officers entered and found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Aquino said.

During the standoff, the Red Cross turned the Encinitas Community Center into a shelter for about 25 area-residents displaced by the police activity. Those residents were expected to be allowed back in their homes during the night, Aquino said.

The deputy who was shot in the forehead was treated and released from the hospital, according to Aquino. She said the other was admitted into Scripps La Jolla Hospital in stable condition. Their names were not immediately released.

32 comments

  • Mark Justice

    What is eith these shooters and their mothers? Anyway, glad he saved us the time, trouble, and money it would have taken to try, convict, and house his loser carcass.

  • M DOT

    Mom puts restraining order on child…great family life. Gotta wonder when people stop calling authorities to deal with their own personal problems. Nobody would have died if she could have dealt with her own child like my mom would have. Thanks mom for not peing a wuss.

    • Sam

      Hey wuss! You must be a super hero and your mom is wonder woman! ( I should not get your mom involved,I apologize!) You though must be very low on education you moron.You have no clue what its like being on meds,neither does the person on them.I live on this street and he has tried hurting her numerous times,she is a woman and he was getting to be quite a big kid,any lady would be scarred guy.She loved him but because of out shitty med world greed has control of the kids,adults seniors,and not the correct attention patients need.You really must be a idiot are you going to tell MOMMY im picking on you

  • Murrica 4 Life

    Thank god for 'Murcia and our freedom to allow mentally unstable people to access guns. I think everyone should have a gun by law.

  • Mike

    What is with the morons. Killing cops innocent people children. then killing themselves!! Get over yourselves. And the publicity is helping these psychos. Oh I wanna be on tv too ill kill some people and don’t want to face my consequences so ill just kill myself. I’m sick of it!!

  • Sapienta

    Curious to hear about the real reasons… What inspired the restraining order? Did the deputies act (response behavior), were they within reason of the beneficial nature of the Mother & Son's personal issues? Probably not. Too bad, now nobody will know the true fact, with exception to the mother. She will have to live with this tragedy.
    The Blind leading the Blind

  • Mike

    If you want it publicized go to a bridge make a scene and kill yourself. Why hurt others because your such a POS. oh I had bad childhood wahhhh people don’t know how easy they have it. I hope they all burn in hell. And have to replay it for all eternity.

  • CLYDE

    THIS PROBLEM DID NOT START YESERDAY. HOW ABOUT 22 YEARS AGO. WITH THE UP BRING OF THAT PERSON. WHAT WAS MOM 'S DURING THAT CAUSE THAT CHILD TO BE THE WAY HE WAS WHEN HE KILLED HIMSELF. YOU KNOW WHEN MOM'S TURN HER BACK ON YOU HOW WOULD THAT MAKE YOU FEEL KEEP THIS SHIT REAL

  • guest

    You are all assholes!! I know the family and the mother is a good person.. You cant try and help someone if that person doesnt want help. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    • Guest

      How true. EVERYONE know someone who has lost their kid to drugs. It doesn't matter who the parent is anymore. 30,000 people die of drug overdoses each year. It is a total epidemic. Kids have become very dangerous starting at 13 on drugs . No judgement on Mom please.

    • Sam G Hernandez

      I agree with guest,You almost cant help the person once they are on mads also!!!!! My dad just commited suicide,he was loved and a great man.He got depressed and then hung himself,It wasnt my grandmas fault who was it jerks!!

  • Qwidgybow

    I run a local business in Encinitas and the family have been customers for several years. From the last conversation I had with the mother over a year ago, the son had a heroin addiction and was in and out of trouble. It is sad to see. Drugs tend to lead a path to the grave one way or another.

  • Thomas

    Sadly, I think the situation could have been solved less violently but once you pull a gun and start shooting at people, it has gone too far and needs to be stopped, period. Given the mental instability of the individual, he could have surrendered and seeked medical help but he chose to take his own life ending the craziness. It would have been too late if innocent people would have gotten hurt.

  • Mike

    Don’t say anything about the mom leaving. My mother left when I was a baby. I grew up fine. That’s a lame excuse. Don’t see me running and shooting people. I’m 22 myself and with no mom yet I find these people completely idiotic.

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