SWAT standoff in Mira Mesa ends peacefully: 18-year-old surrenders to police

SAN DIEGO - A standoff in Mira Mesa that lasted more than six hours ended peacefully Tuesday evening.

The incident started at about 4:15 p.m. at a home in the 9000 block of Clover Circle. San Diego police and SWAT officers in full body armor surrounded the home after an 18-year-old high school student threatened her parents with a knife.

The parents fled and told officers there were other weapons in the home, including a shotgun and a rifle.

A camera-equipped robot entered the house and then a phone was thrown to her. She told the negotiator about being angry with her parents and with the police for firing pepper spray into the house.

Neighbors in nearby homes were asked to evacuate as a precaution.

A classmate told 10News that she was a quiet girl and that he would see her in his math class.

"She's always quiet, sitting in a corner doing nothing," said classmate Willy Hua. "That's all I know about her."

Scanner traffic indicated she was sitting on an ottoman in the living room with the front door wide open, looking out. 

After about an hour of talking on the phone with the police negotiator, she surrendered peacefully. 

"We went very slowly on this," said San Diego police Lt. Mark Bennett. "We didn't want to force any kind of confrontation. We wanted to negotiate with her. We wanted to get her out of the house peacefully and it took some time, took some effort, but it was worth it in the end."

The teenager is being evaluated. It is unclear if charges will be filed.

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