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Man arrested in Linda Vista after hours-long standoff

Posted at 11:22 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 02:22:12-04

LINDA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Police arrested a man after an hours-long standoff in Linda Vista Wednesday night.

It happened in an apartment at the end of Via Las Cumbres, near Kelly Street.

Police say they were there to serve an arrest warrant on a man suspected of illegally possessing a loaded firearm.

Officers on scene repeatedly asked the man to exit the apartment over a megaphone, but he remained inside.

Around 9 p.m., officers used a battering ram to break down the front door. They brought out the man in handcuffs and placed him in a patrol vehicle.

Lt. Danny Grubbs said they had tried to arrest the man several times before but he was able to get away.

In one of those attempts, Grubbs said the man led CHP on a chase through Mission Valley but ended up crashing his van into the San Diego River. He escaped through a drainage ditch, evading capture.

The man’s identity was not released.