Couple found dead inside Mt. Soledad home

SWAT called in after 911 call
Posted at 11:25 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 15:32:20-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - A husband and wife were found dead inside a Mount Soledad-area home after a frantic 911 call brought a SWAT unit to the neighborhood.

According to San Diego police, a man called 911 at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to request a welfare check at a home on Avenida Fiesta near Pacifica Drive. The caller said his friend's father just killed his mother, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and discovered a woman, identified as 60-year-old Parvaneh Jilavi, dead on a sofa in the living room. She appeared to have been shot in the upper torso, according to police.

A SWAT team was summoned and officers surrounded the home due to concerns an armed person was inside.

The situation forced some nearby neighbors to stay inside their homes.

Merry Castro, who lives across the street, said, "(This is a) big shock. Nothing ever happens on this street."

Just after midnight, officers entered the house and found Jilavi's husband, 80-year-old John Mattiace, dead in a downstairs storage area of the home with a handgun next to his body. Police said Mattiace appeared to have been shot in the upper torso.

Police said the gun found next to Mattiace was likely used to shoot the couple.

SDPD's Homicide Unit are investigating the case as a possible murder-suicide.