Man who claims to have killed wife arrested after daylong police standoff

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Saturday update: Police have confirmed the identity of the woman found dead inside her Chula Vista home after a lengthy police standoff Friday.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (CNS) – A man who claimed to have killed his wife holed up in his South Bay home Friday, prompting a daylong police standoff that ended in his arrest.

The suspect, identified as 63-year-old John Partain, was taken into custody at the house in the 700 block of Glover Avenue in Chula Vista about 6 p.m., according to police. Details on his arrest were not immediately available, but police confirmed to FOX 5 that his wife was deceased. The circumstances of his wife’s death have not been made public.

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Officers had surrounded the house two blocks north of Chula Vista High School late Friday morning.

Partain, who authorities say is a U.S. Navy veteran, called the police Thursday night to report that he had killed his wife, but investigators were not immediately able to determine where he lived, Chula Vista Police Department Lt. Jason Deaner said.

Officers were speaking to Partain by telephone for a time, but early Friday afternoon, he stopped answering their calls. At that point, a SWAT team was called in, Deaner said.

As of shortly before 5 p.m., police were still trying to regain contact with Partain — who was believed to possibly be armed with a gun — as the special weapons and tactics personnel stood by in preparation for forcible entry of the home if necessary.

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