SWAT Finds Body Inside Vallejo Home

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013  |  Updated 9:18 PM PDT
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SWAT Finds Body Inside Vallejo Home

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A shotgun-wielding man barricaded inside a Vallejo home and threatening police and neighbors was found dead inside the home after a SWAT team entered, police said.

Police first arrived after receiving reports at 11:36 a.m. that a man was pointing a rifle or shotgun at people on the street. When police arrived he had retreated into a residence in the 1800 block of Sutter Street, police said.

Police set up a perimeter and surrounded the house. An armored vehicle was parked outside for police to take cover behind. Hostage negotiators contacted the man by phone, and he was hostile and threatened to kill police, others, and himself.

He made demands and said he would kill someone if his demands were not met. At about 1:15 p.m. the man broke a window in the front of the house and pointed a shotgun outside, police said.

Officers fired multiple rounds at him and he disappeared back inside. Eventually the Vallejo/Benicia SWAT team and the Solano County sheriff's SWAT team arrived and deployed gas to force the man out, but there was no response.

As they were about to send a robot inside, they saw the man down and entered. He was found dead from a gunshot wound with a shotgun lying beside him, police said.

No officers or civilians were injured. The suspect's identity has not been released pending notification of his family.

Neighbor Tracie Frost, who lives on Illinois Street near that intersection, said elderly and disabled people live at the home, which she can see from her house. Homes in the area were evacuated during the standoff, and Frost and her family took shelter in the back of their home for about two hours,

Frost said. Frost said police snipers were on the roof of her house and other homes in the area, and described the scene as similar to a "battle zone."

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