Suspect in Standoff Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

The 22-year-old suspect was found dead of a self- inflicted gunshot wound early Thursday.

Also read: 2 Deputies Wounded in Shooting

A 22-year-old man accused of shooting two deputies and holding up in his mother's Encinitas home—prompting a 10-hour SWAT standoff that displaced about 25 residents—was found dead of a self- inflicted gunshot wound early Thursday, authorities said.

The incident in the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue near Leucadia Boulevard began around 1 p.m. Wednesday with a woman reporting that her adult son was upset that she had recently obtained a restraining order against him and had taken off in her car, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

He returned to the home shortly after 3:30 p.m. and deputies tried to talk to him inside the residence, department spokeswoman Melissa Aquino said in a statement.

Several patrol deputies entered the home with the mother's consent and established verbal contact with the man, sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser told reporters at the scene.

"After several minutes of negotiation with him, which was unsuccessful, and because of some statements he was making they deployed less lethal tear gas," Fraser said. "Unfortunately, the male returned fire, striking two deputies."

The wounded deputies were then evacuated and sent to hospitals, he said.

One of the deputies was wounded in the forehead and the other, in the leg, according to Aquino. Both were expected to survive.

After shots were fired, the suspect stayed inside. Crisis negotiators and SWAT teams from around the county flocked to the scene, and for several hours, negotiators were in contact with the suspect, authorities said.

Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, robots were sent into the home to check on the suspect and about 10 minutes after that, SWAT officers entered and found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Aquino said.

During the standoff, the Red Cross turned the Encinitas Community Center into a shelter for about 25 area-residents displaced by the police activity. Those residents were expected to be allowed back in their homes during the night, Aquino said.

The deputy who was shot in the forehead was treated and released from the hospital, according to Aquino. She said the other was admitted into Scripps La Jolla Hospital in stable condition. Their names were not immediately released.

Al Ein February 21, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Can't wait to hear the answer to this one- Who is picking up the tab for this $500,000 cost and all the disturbance for a 5 mile radius? Plus the cost for all the other areas that went without Police service tonight and the cost for all the people that suffered tonight due to no police service. Cities need to be accountable for their actions. Who is picking up the cost for this fiasco and why was the helicopter needed for 10 hours?
Violet February 21, 2013 at 02:05 PM
25 residents displaced? Not really!! Lots more had to go to friends' or relatives' homes. We couldn't get into our homes, regardless of the aged relatives or pets who needed us. Ridiculous gunman & illogical crowd control by the police. While we couldn't get in/home & would not have driven by the home in question, some people were let out & drove right by the house with the SWAT team at work!
Anna Anikanova February 21, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Cops did their jobs. I'm one of those people who stops the whole tradfic and lets our cops go through on the highway. I'm sorry for everyone who has to stay out of ther homes but justice was served and cops did their jobs. If you dolt like how it's done go live in a different country. Be an American and if I dolt like it go love somewhere else. Blessings to everyone to supports our police and those police officers who spent all night driving this guy crazy. Our system is not perfect but it is OUR system and I'm proud of it.
Anna Anikanova February 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I consider this a win not a fiasco...
Bob Chase SEA COAST EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIES February 21, 2013 at 03:51 PM
At times I question the number of officers it takes to respond and quell a situation. With one guy hold up as confirmed initially why all the collateral equipment and personnel?
KT February 21, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Yes this worked out well. Why are you people complaining? Remember new town? Be grateful!
Shawn Knudsen February 21, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Why don't we all see the real tragedy here. A mother lost her son and two cops were shot who are thankfully gonna be ok but nontheless. Clearly he was disturbed and they took precautions by having people in the houses around clear out because who knows what this guy had planned. There is so much ugliness in this world so instead of beating this up and saying what went wrong and who should pay for what, have a little compassion for the people who were directly affected in this situation and be thankful it didn't get worse! The world had enough hate.
Marnie February 21, 2013 at 04:19 PM
My heart and prayers goes out for the young mans mother , I too recently have lost my 24 year old son and know the pain and suffering she is about to indure for the rest of her life , also my prayers are with the young man,s soul , he was hurting inside , it is the tough society we live in that is causing so many young men in able to cope , and the lack of God and Love in our school systems , as far as the police , thank you ---- to protect and serve and you did ....
Melissa Spiegler February 21, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Beautifully Stated Marnie!!...My sentiments exactly.
Matt Weddle February 21, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Couldn't agree more, Marnie. Such a truly tragic situation to occur because of a mother-son dispute and a stolen car. It's unfortunate that people would be so immediately concerned with the monetary cost rather than the cost of human life and suffering. Law enforcement overreaction is understandable due to the recent rash of gun violence (New Town, Chris Dorner), but the real question is: how could the police have handled the situation differently to avoid unnecessary suicide? DID POLICE OVERREACTION AND MEDIA HYPE CONTRIBUTE TO A YOUNG MAN''S DEATH?
Jay Berman February 21, 2013 at 05:26 PM
THat's what we pay taxes for ....
D.C. February 21, 2013 at 05:41 PM
May the young man's soul find peace and peacefully crossover, and may the mother find healing and guidance through her long and arduous journey through grief. May the injured officers find purpose in their injuries and come out the other end transformed as better people. May the mother experience this as well. Blessings to all.
Jayelle February 21, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Thank you to the persons who have a deeper understanding of what really happened in this scenario. I too sit in silence for the mother of that misguided "child"...yes, to a parent, our children will always be our child. If each of us would educate ourselves about the growing numbers who suffer from mental illness we might also be able to support science and medicine who spend their lives looking for help rather than spewing damnation. Do you know how many hours the average person plays video games...just on their comptuter? Imagine what we as a society could offer one another if we shifted our priorities to what is really important...the growth of understanding, compassion and forgiveness would flourish...as would yours and your children's love of life and mankind.
Pete February 21, 2013 at 06:55 PM
"self inflicted gun shot" Yeah right
Frank H. Robles February 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM
The police did well in locking down and securing the area. With no way of knowing who his friends are, and trying to keep bystanders away, a large force was brought in. As the sun was setting, you would see many police leaving and some staying. I live just one block over, had a chance to talk to some on the scene. They went about their duties in a very respectfull way. Had no problem sleeping at home, with this going on such a few homes away. Like to take the time to Thank the S.D. Sheriff Dept.. " Well Done"...!!!
Sarah Riccitelli February 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Wishing well to everyone involved & I hope that the young man rests in peace & his mom finds peace as well.
Al Ein February 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Really? They had a 20 year old drug addict pinned down in one home. Totally surrounded. His beef was he was pissed at his mom for the restraining order. There were several full SWAT teams there surrounding the house. Why the other 300 cops? Why the helicopter buzzing the neighborhood for 10 hours? How many Police and fire personnel were on the scene? Why did they bring in 300 cops from as far away from Chula Vista? What was the total responding personnel and what was the total cost? Who is picking up the cost for the operation? City or County? Did other City's PD chiefs volunteer to send their cops in to "stand guard"? Well Done- If you like a complete waste of taxpayers money. I think the City's have plenty of projects they'd like to get built and wasting $500,000 to $1,000,000 for flying and standing around all night doesn't accomplish anything. I think it was a huge overkill and someone should be held accountable. What were the costs?
Al Ein February 22, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Hear is my guestimate of the costs 1. Helicopter- 10 hours @ $1,000 per hour including pilots and others in bird- $10k 2. Cops- 300 @ $250/hr. including everything from cars/benefits and salary= $75,000 3. Unnecessary Disturbance to Encinitas- $10,000 (Many displaced residents and many sleepless people from helicopter buzzing all night= $10,000 4. Cost for other agencies to have no police services for that time all the officers were in encinitas= $50,000 Total cost between $145,000 to $200,000. In my opinion, someone went way overboard and cost the taxpayer big time.
Jay Berman February 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM
20 year old drug addict had weapons he seemed to be good at using, shot 2 cops ... they had to secure the area, takes bodies and equipment .. what if the doper just started firing away because he had nothing to lose ? Who are you to second guess ? You were not there in a possible line of fire ... the event ended, no one was killed except the doper ... this is what we pay taxes for ... you want to go after waste in Encinitas, let's start with a $5.5m pedestrian underpass at Swami's or a $5m fire station more than 3 times larger than the one it replaced ... the purchase of the Mossy property. prime realestate .. or $19M for a huge park on prime commercial property ... we can talk waste ....


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