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SAN DIEGO -- A domestic violence suspect in his 70s holed up with at least one gun in a Point Loma Heights townhouse late Thursday afternoon when officers arrived in response to a reported disturbance there, prompting a SWAT standoff that stretched into the evening before the man was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The family dispute in the 2200 block of Caminito Pescado was reported about 4:45 p.m., according to San Diego police.

Shortly after arriving in the neighborhood just east of Nimitz Boulevard, patrol personnel heard a gunshot sound from inside the suspect's residence, San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims said.

The suspect's wife was able to get out of the home safely, but the couple's dog and cat remained inside, according to police.

Officers shut down traffic lanes in the area and called in a special weapons and tactics squad to take up positions around the townhouse and prepare to enter forcibly, if necessary.

When they made entry into the home, they found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to reports from the scene.

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