Man Found Dead In Lakeside Field

A man suspected of assaulting a woman in an East County home Monday while threatening to shoot himself was found dead a short time later in a nearby ravine of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputies were dispatched to the 10000 block of Avenida Real in Lakeside to investigate the alleged domestic violence shortly before 9:30 a.m., Sgt. Tom Poulin said.

By the time the patrol personnel arrived, the suspect, who was armed with pistol, had fled in his car. Deputies searched the area and issued a be-on- the-lookout alert to law enforcement agencies in nearby cities.

About an hour later, the Sheriff's Department received a report of a gunshot in the area of Palm Row and Riverside Drive, less than a quarter-mile from where the alleged assault had occurred, Poulin said. Deputies arrived there to find the suspect dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted bullet wound.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of his family.