Brief standoff in Otay Mesa ends peacefully after suspect surrenders

Man sought in shooting outside liquor store

SAN DIEGO - A man sought in connection with a shooting outside a liquor store is in custody Saturday after a brief standoff with police in Otay Mesa.

The standoff occurred in the 4300 block of Arrecife Way.

According to Chula Vista police, on March 8, officers responded to reports of shots fired outside Bobar Liquor in the 3100 block of Main Street in Chula Vista. No injuries were reported.

Police eventually recovered the gun used in the shooting. After obtaining surveillance video from the liquor store, they recognized the man who they believe fired the shots.

"We were able to identify him via the video from the liquor store," said Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg.

Witness statements and evidence recovered from the scene identified Rene Lugo as the shooting suspect, police said. Upon further investigation, police discovered he was a felon with an extensive criminal history.

On Saturday at about 10 a.m., detectives and SWAT personnel from the Chula Vista Police Department located him at the home of his girlfriend's family on Arrecife Way in Otay Mesa. He initially would not come out of the home, prompting a standoff.

"It was a helicopter overhead and they were on their megaphone yelling, 'So and so, come out of your house with your hands up,'" said Tristen Whitehouse, who lives in the neighborhood.

The standoff ended at about 11:40 a.m. when the man surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.

"They took one person out of the house – tattooed guy, bald head – put him in the back of the car, couple kids out of the house," said Whitehouse.

Two children were inside the home at the time. They were unhurt. Police say they were released to a family member.

Police said he will face multiple charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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