A man who had been threatening to kill himself at a Poway home Friday holed up inside when deputies arrived to investigate, prompting a standoff that ended when he set the residence ablaze, fled the burning structure and was arrested.
The man was the suspect in an investigation in which his mother was the victim around 10 a.m. in the 13900 block of Powers Road but had fled the location prior to deputies arriving, said San Diego Sheriff‘s Sgt. Robert Roberson.
Patrol personnel were sent back to the home on a report of a suicidal person about 3:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials. The man’s mother reported he had returned and was possibly armed with a firearm.
The apparently distraught man, whose name was not released, refused to exit the home and threatened to burn it down, sheriff’s Lt. Matthew Glisson said.
No one else was inside the home with the man except for a small family dog.
During the ensuing standoff, deputies heard what sounded like gunfire sounding inside the residence, Glisson said.
Smoke and flames began coming from the house about 4:15 p.m. A short time later, the man came outside and was taken into custody in the rear of the home. Neither he nor the dog were injured in the incident.
Firefighters were then cleared to approach the home and extinguish the fire, the lieutenant said.
A search of the residence was conducted and a replica pistol air soft gun was found, Roberson said.
The suspect was taken to the sheriff’s Poway Station where he attempted to escape from deputies but failed, according to Roberson.
The suspect was later booked at San Diego Central Jail on numerous charges including arson, vandalism, and assault on a peace officer, Roberson said.
–City News Service
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