Otay Mesa school locked down due to nearby standoff

OTAY MESA, Calif. - An apparently distraught man who ransacked his Otay Mesa home Monday and made threats about shooting himself or police holed up inside when officers arrived, prompting a standoff that ended when he surrendered hours later.

Police attempt to talk to man who was accused of carrying a gun near a school in Otay Mesa. (Credit: (Credit: Rosa Arreola-PerezView)

Police attempt to talk to man who was accused of carrying a gun near a school in Otay Mesa. (Credit: (Credit: Rosa Arreola-PerezView)

A resident of the 4000 block of Coldwell Lane made an emergency call shortly after 1 p.m. to report that a neighbor had been smashing things in his own home, claimed to have a gun and shouted that he "wasn't afraid to use it" on himself or law enforcement personnel, according to San Diego police.

Administrators at nearby Juarez Lincoln Elementary School put the campus on lockdown as a precaution while officers went to the seemingly suicidal man's home, SDPD spokesman Luis Roman said.

The suspect, a man in his 50s whose name was not released, spoke to the officers over the telephone but refused to immediately exit his home.

Shortly after 4 p.m., students at the primary school just to the east of the house were released to their parents.

About 15 minutes later, the suspect exited his house empty-handed and was taken into custody, Roman said. It was not immediately clear if he would face criminal charges over the episode.

Parents wait outside Juarez Lincoln Elementary School as police investigation happens in neighborhood. (Credit: Rosa Arreola-PerezView)

Parents wait outside Juarez Lincoln Elementary School as police investigation happens in neighborhood. (Credit: Rosa Arreola-PerezView)