High school wrestling coach suspected in deadly shooting in Bay Park arrested

Jeret Needham surrendered to police after standoff

SAN DIEGO - A man suspected in a shooting in Bay Park that left another man dead has been arrested.

Police said the suspect, identified as Jeret Needham, will be booked into county jail on homicide charges.

Needham surrendered without incident after barricading himself in a Clairemont home in the 4600 block of Firestone Street. The standoff lasted nearly four hours. Police say Needham finally gave up because his family called him and coaxed him into surrendering.

Sources told 10News that Needham is a wrestling coach at Madison High School. One of Needham's neighbors is one of his former wrestlers and watched his arrest unfold.

"I looked down the street and I see him in handcuffs," said Ben Whitney. "And that's when it kind of just set in … It's him. This really happened."

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., San Diego police received reports of gunfire in the 2200 block of Denver Street. Police responded and found a 45-year-old man who was shot in the chest in the backyard of the residence. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Witnesses told officers the assailant, a roughly 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound man with curly blond hair, fled the neighborhood to the south in a silver minivan, possibly a Plymouth Voyager, SDPD public affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Friends of the victim told investigators they believed they knew who the shooter was, leading officers to a home on Firestone Street.

Police did not release a possible motive for the shooting. A news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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