Man threatens to blow up apartment with natural gas

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

FALLBROOK, Calif.  – An emotionally disturbed man prompted a six-hour standoff with deputies Tuesday when he flooded his apartment with natural gas and threatened to set the apartment on fire, authorities said.

The standoff began around 5:15 p.m. at an apartment complex located in the 800 block of East Alvarado Street. Deputies evacuated nearby residents to a church while crisis negotiators unsuccessfully attempted to convince the man to come out of the apartment.

At 11:38 p.m., deputies entered the apartment and subdued the man, who attempted to resist arrest. He was taken to Tri-City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and a 72-hour mental health evaluation.

No one else was injured.