Standoff at FBI office in Sorrento Valley ends; Suspect in custody

SAN DIEGO - A standoff at a gated FBI field office in Sorrento Valley that lasted nearly 6 hours has ended and the suspect is in custody.

The man -- identified as 36-year-old William Durant, a Lakeside resident -- showed up shortly after 11:30 a.m. at the federal agency's offices at 10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway, climbed over the south side security gate and attempted to gain access to the building through the front entrance, according to FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

"One of our security officers tried to stop him and in course of doing so, the man told him he had a weapon," said Foxworth. "That weapon has not been seen."

Foxworth said the suspect may have injured himself climbing over the fence.

When unable to enter the building, the man walked to a parking garage on the complex's north side and climbed to the top of an annex building, Foxworth said. He added that although the annex building is a single-story, it could be as high as three stories because of slope of an adjacent hillside.

The incident ended shortly before 5:30 p.m. A loud flash bang was heard and SWAT officers were seen going onto the roof. The man was then seen being led away in handcuffs.

The suspect's motive was not known, Foxworth said. He called various local media including 10News, saying he was on a ledge and wanted to talk to a federal agent.

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