Standoff in Oceanside ends after man surrenders

SAN DIEGO - A Marine who barricaded himself inside an Oceanside apartment for nearly 10 hours surrendered.

The standoff started at about 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Villages of Monterey apartment complex on Mesa Drive, near Rancho Del Oro Drive.

Police say the man's wife came home to find her husband distraught and that he was threatening to harm himself and no one else. Still, Oceanside police took every precaution.

"Six apartment units that are involved … there are four on either side of his and one above and those people have all been evacuated," said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby.

About a dozen people were evacuated for most of the afternoon, including the Marine's wife. Also on scene was the Marine's direct command from nearby Camp Pendleton, who assisted in getting the Marine to come out unharmed.

"The biggest thing is for the command to respond as soon as possible," said 2nd Lt. Gabriel Adibe. "In this case, the command was notified, they came out and helped out with local law enforcement in any way possible."

That included sending the Marine messages that he would not face criminal charges and that they were there to get him the help he needed.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen officers and SWAT teams communicated with him for most of the ordeal.

The standoff ended just before 9 p.m. when the Marine came out and surrendered to authorities. He was placed into the back of a police patrol car and is being taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

San Diego County Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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