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SWAT team surrounds home after hearing gunshot

SAN DIEGO -- A man was taken to a mental health facility Monday, several hours after a SWAT team responded to a gunshot fired inside a home in the Birdland area, officials said.

Police were first called to the home on Seagull Court and Teebird Lane, about a half-mile from Fletcher Elementary School, for a welfare check around 5 p.m. Police heard a gunshot from inside the home as they approached the door and they believe an armed man is inside.

Officers were telling residents in the immediate area to shelter in place while several patrol cars, SWAT team members and a unit from San Diego Fire-Rescue set up outside the home. Finch and Teebird lanes were closed to traffic as the situation unfolded.

Officials did not describe the situation as a "stand-off." Officials said the man appears to be suicidal and police could be heard on a loudspeaker telling the man they were there to help, not harm, him.

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