Man in Bay Park standoff taken into custody

SAN DIEGO - A man who turned on a natural-gas source at a Bay Park home and prompted a four-hour standoff was taken into custody late Tuesday.

San Diego police received an emergency call about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from someone reporting the man's threats to kill himself at a house in the 1400 block of Galveston Street, SDPD Officer Matt Tortorella said.

Arriving patrol personnel detected a strong presence of natural gas in the air around the home and began clearing people out of surrounding residences. Fire department personnel, meanwhile, cut off the supply of gas and electricity to the house where the man was believed to be hunkering down.

A crisis counselor contacted the man by telephone and tried in vain to get him to surrender. Eventually, he hung up and stopped answering the line.

As the stalemate wore on, a SWAT team deployed around the residence and sent in a camera-equipped robotic device to look for the suicidal man, finding no one.

In the late afternoon, the special weapons and tactics personnel entered the home, finding it unoccupied. The man was taken into custody around 11:55 p.m. Tuesday when he returned to the area. It's unclear exactly what charges he faces, said SDPD.

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