Man barricades himself in apartment surrounded by police

SAN DIEGO –A man who violated a temporary restraining order barricaded himself in a Clairemont apartment for nearly two hours, an officer said Sunday.

Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police headed to an apartment complex on Diane Avenue, just south of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, for a report of domestic violence, San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros confirmed.

A woman involved in the incident was able to get out, but the man locked himself in a bedroom with a pepperball gun that an officer had accidentally dropped in the apartment, according to The San Diego Union- Tribune.

The man told officers he had a firearm and was threatening to hurt himself.

He refused to leave the apartment, and a SWAT team was called in, the Union-Tribune reported.

Eventually, the man was persuaded to give up the pepper-ball gun, which he tossed out the front door, according to the newspaper. Police also found a missing flashlight on the front-door mat.

Officers left the apartment and did not take the man into custody, Delimitros said.

There was still a misdemeanor warrant for the man’s arrest, the officer said.