Suspect in Bonita standoff dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Two people were injured in the shooting

SAN DIEGO - A suspect who barricaded himself inside a Bonita apartment complex died from a self-inflicted gunshot following a six-hour SWAT standoff Friday evening, according to the sheriff's department.

Rapid gunfire in the 2900 block of Briarwood Road in Bonita was reported about 4:45 p.m., according to sheriff's officials. The gunfire prompted a response by the Sheriff’s Department SWAT unit.

At least two people were injured in the shooting. Medics took the victims to a hospital, a Heartland Fire & Rescue dispatcher said with non life-threatening injuries.

10News learned one of the victims, a woman, jumped out of a window after she was shot.

One neighbor who saw the whole thing happen spoke with 10News about how he helped that woman.

He said he pulled the injured woman inside his home to get her out of harm's way. Then, he tied a tourniquet around her arm to help stop the bleeding.

"The cops couldn't figure out how to get her out because the street had been blocked, so I was just holding tourniquet on her, just waiting for them to decide what they're going to do," he said.

A traffic advisory was issued and the onramps to Briarwood Road from eastbound and westbound state Route 54 were closed during the law enforcement response.

Deputies evacuated people from four nearby apartments and directed others to "shelter in place," sheriff's Lt. Eddie Brock said. Some evacuees were also being directed to a church on 5305 Sweetwater Road, where the Red Cross responded.

10News learned law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and secured the entire perimeter around the apartment complex for approximately six hours.

Melissa Aquino, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, said the SWAT units deployed a robot and discovered the man suspected in the shooting dead inside the apartment. He is a 45-year-old man. His identity was not released. A rifle was found next to him. 

"He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot," said Aquino. "The Medical Examiner, however, will determine the exact cause of death."

An investigation into the shooting is now underway. 

A sheriff's official believed the suspect was in possession of a semiautomatic weapon.

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