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Man linked to domestic violence call climbs onto roof of home, prompts standoff in City Heights area

Posted at 9:59 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 01:06:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man involved in a reported domestic violence incident in City Heights early Wednesday morning made his way onto the roof of a building and refused to come down, prompting a standoff with San Diego police.

According to SDPD officials, officers responded to a domestic violence-related call at around 2:30 a.m. at a home in the 4100 block of Wilson Avenue. Police say the incident involved a man and his girlfriend, and the man allegedly destroyed a phone line or cell phone.

When officers arrived, they spotted the man in the incident and tried to get him to surrender, but he ran away.

With police in pursuit, the man climbed onto the roof of a home on 35th Street. Officers surrounded the home, but when police placed a ladder for the man to come down, he grabbed the ladder and pulled it onto the roof with him.

The man used the ladder to help him cross onto the roof of a two-story apartment building in the 4000 block of 35th Street.

As police negotiators tried to get the man to come down, he reportedly threatened officers with makeshift weapons and threw objects at emergency responders.

After nearly 19 hours, the man was taken into custody just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.