Man who filled Bay Park home with gas, prompting evacuations, standoff remains at large

SAN DIEGO - An apparently suicidal man turned on a natural-gas source at a Bay Park home and holed up inside Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of nearby residences and a roughly four-hour standoff that ended when officers entered and found him gone.

San Diego police got an emergency call about 11:30 a.m. from someone reporting the man's threats to kill himself at a house in the 1400 block of Galveston Street, SDPD public-affairs 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, Officer Mark Herring said. It was unclear where the man might have gone.


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