Dispute leads to explosion, standoff in Mira Mesa

SAN DIEGO - A report of domestic violence at a Mira Mesa home led Tuesday to a brief police standoff that ended when an apparent natural gas explosion occurred inside a backyard shed, after which the suspected abuser emerged from the scorched outbuilding and surrendered.

The suspect's girlfriend made a 911 call about 9:45 a.m. to report the alleged physical abuse in the 10000 block of Caminito Obra, according to San Diego police.

When patrol personnel arrived, the woman told them her boyfriend had locked himself inside an auxiliary storage structure behind the house and opened a natural gas line.

The 32-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, remained holed up in the shed until shortly after 10:30 a.m., when a blast sounded from inside it. He then came out and was taken into custody, Officer Billy Hernandez said. Medics took the suspect to a hospital for an evaluation.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small blaze that resulted from the explosion.

“I’ve been on a lot of calls I’ve never seen an explosion live and that close. So fire they just did an amazing job doing what they do best and having them deployed hoses at the ready… literally they were standing at the door as it happened so I’m super impressed with the work, that they did in getting the fire out and getting him out to where we could address it because we’re not clothed for that kind of event,” said San Diego Police Lt. Charles Lara.

The woman did not suffer any injuries during the episode, Hernandez said.