SWAT standoff underway after shots fired inside home in unincorporated La Mesa
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Deputies from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station, Special Enforcement Detail and Crisis Negotiation team were involved in a standoff with an armed man who has reportedly been firing a weapon while barricaded inside a home in the 9900 block of Grandview Drive in unincorporated La Mesa on Monday.
The incident was reported shortly after 10 a.m. and was initially reported as a domestic disturbance.
A woman told authorities that her 47-year-old fiancé was barricaded inside the home. She reported they had an argument and that the man, who had been drinking, threatened to hurt her and himself, according to a statement from the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
Shortly after deputies responded to the home, shots were fired inside. Three other residents got out of the house safely, but the suspect remained inside. Deputies did not fire shots, according to the statement.
Homes immediately surrounding the suspect's house have been evacuated, and inhabitants of homes within a one-mile radius were warned by the Sheriff's Communication Center to remain indoors and close their windows, curtains and blinds.
The suspect is armed with a long rifle and could be heard shooting in different directions.
"Semi-automatic or automatic weapon fire is being heard from one man who has blockaded himself into the home," 10News reporter Steve Fiorina said from the scene. "Twelve to 15 shots were fired in about three seconds of time which echoed through the canyons here."
He added that several law enforcement agencies on the scene, including a Sheriff's SWAT team, were attempting to defuse the situation.
Sheriff's officials said the suspect had fired at the SWAT's armored vehicle. No one was injured.
At about 6 p.m., 10News learned that authorities shot a gas canister into the home in hopes of ending the standoff.
Police set up a perimeter headquartered in the parking lot of Murdock School at 4354 Conrad Drive. Grandview Drive has been closed in both directions.
A Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter was on scene assisting deputies on the ground.
No one has been hurt, according to the sheriff's department.
"We are urging the suspect to give himself up so the situation can end peacefully," a sheriff's news release said.
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