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Hours-long SWAT standoff ends following gunfire in Rancho Bernardo

Gunfire prompts Rancho Bernardo SWAT situation
Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-05 19:50:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A suspect has been taken into custody following an hours-long SWAT standoff that prompted evacuations in Rancho Bernardo Saturday morning.

According to San Diego Police, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody just after 2 p.m.

"Today I'm happy to say we did not have injury and we have the subject in our custody and will get them the help, the resources they need," said Capt. Mike Holden with the San Diego Police Department Northeastern Division.

San Diego Police said a 911 call came in from a home on Robinia Court around 8:30 a.m.

"The caller told them that the boyfriend threatened to kill themselves," Holden said.

Holden said the man then locked himself inside the garage and fired two gunshots.

Police began telling people living near the 17000 block of Robinia Court to stay in their homes. Police later said ten homes in the immediate vicinity were evacuated.

According to San Diego Police, a SWAT team responded to the area after receiving reports of a man shooting a gun inside his garage.

Police said gunshots continued for several hours during the standoff before going silent. "We deployed chemical agents into the garage where we believed the suspect was at. At that time the suspect surrendered without further incident," Holden said.

Police said the man's girlfriend and sister were inside the home when the shots erupted, but were later evacuated to safety. Neither of the women were injured, according to police.

Holden said they're still investigating why the man began shooting and if he will face any charges.

"Also, we want to see how this has impacted the neighborhood here too. Did the rounds exit the house into the neighborhood to determine if there is any criminal liability?" he said.