12-hour standoff in Clairemont ends with no arrest

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police surrounded a house in Clairemont house for 12 hours, but cleared out before sunrise without an arrest.

The man, who was believed to be in his 20's and known as Eric, was left alone by officers after they decided he was no longer a threat, Officer Gary Bowen said.

The incident began when a family member called the police at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday expressing concern for the suspect, who was refused to come out of the home after allegedly threatening neighbors with a barbecue fork, Sgt. Ray Battrick said.

No one else was believed to be in the house with the suspect, in the 3400 block of Jemez Drive. But there was concern that he might be under the influence of a controlled substance or experiencing mental health issues, according to Battrick.

Some officers assigned to the SWAT team were called in to assist with the situation, but it was not a full-fledged SWAT incident, Battrick said.

No injuries were reported, and police opened Jemez Drive by 5 a.m. Sunday.