Hotel guest prompts SWAT standoff after pointing gun at worker

SAN DIEGO — A 54-year-old man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after holing up in a Mission Valley hotel room during a day-long SWAT standoff, police said Friday.

The victim — whose name was not released — had not paid for his room at the Atwood Hotel on Hotel Circle for several days when employees asked him to leave around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said. The man refused to leave and then pointed a pistol at an employee.

When patrol personnel arrived to investigate the threat, the man locked himself in the room and would not speak with them, police said. After he refused for several hours to comply with orders to surrender, a special weapons and tactics squad was called in.

The man eventually began speaking with a crisis negotiator, but the stalemate lasted late into the night, Martinez said. Around 11 p.m., SWAT officers finally entered the hotel room and found the man dead from the self-inflicted wound.