Fifteen-hour long standoff in Mt. Helix ends: Suspect found with self-inflicted gunshot wound
Deputies: Man fired at least 100 rounds
Last Updated: 100 days ago
LA MESA, Calif. - A 15-hour standoff at a home in Mt. Helix ended early Tuesday with the discovery that the domestic violence suspect who had kept a sheriff's SWAT team at bay died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Lionel Silva, was accused of threatening to hurt his fiancee and himself and was holed up alone in the home in the 9900 block of Grandview Drive around 10 a.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Just before 1 a.m., authorities sent a robot inside the residence and discovered that the man was dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the master bedroom, a sheriff's department statement said. A rifle was found next to the man's body, 10News learned.
The man, who had at least one rifle, randomly fired shots throughout the day -- some inside the home and a few toward the armored SWAT Team truck known as the Bearcat, authorities said. Authorities told 10News that the suspect fired at least 100 rounds. No injuries were reported.
Neighboring homes were evacuated during the standoff, and authorities warned residents of homes within one mile to remain indoors and keep their windows, curtains and blinds closed.
Grandview Drive was closed in both directions until shortly after the SWAT action ended early Tuesday.
Authorities used Murdock Elementary School as a command post during the standoff.
10News learned that Silva, who works as a fisherman and spends half of the year in Alaska, recently moved into the Mt. Helix neighborhood with his fiancee.
Silva's ex-wife also has a restraining order against him because of domestic violence issues, authorities told 10News.
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