SWAT standoff starts after man kills mom’s turtle, threatens to kill her

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- A man who allegedly shot and killed his mother's pet turtle before making threats of deadly violence and saying he wanted to commit suicide by cop was tear gassed out of his San Marcos mobile home by SWAT officers Saturday after a four-hour standoff.

The suspect's mother, Kerry McCuin, called 911 about 10:25 a.m. from the mobile home in the 3500 block of Linda Vista Drive to report that her son, 26- year-old David “Alex'' Nelson had used a black handgun to kill the turtle, threatened to kill McCuin and wanted police to kill him, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

“Additionally, he said he was going to become famous for killing people,''' sheriff's Sgt. Nanette McMasters said.

McCuin told authorities her son was mentally challenged and high on illegal drugs, according to McMasters.

“Deputies attempted to contact Nelson at his residence, but he barricaded himself inside his mobile home,'' McMasters said. “Several attempts were made to establish communication with Nelson, but he failed to respond.''

The sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail and Crisis Negotiation team were summoned.

“The CNT members attempted to establish a rapport with Nelson, but his only response was, `You are going to have to shoot me,''' McMasters said. “Since Nelson was extremely uncooperative and his mother stated he was armed with a handgun, the SED units assisted with taking Nelson into custody.''

The SWAT team used “chemical agents to flush Nelson out of the residence'' at which time he surrendered without further incident, McMasters said.

Authorities said Nelson had caused some past disturbances in the mobile home park.


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