Updated Dec. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.
A possibly suicidal man who remained past his checkout time at a Mission Valley lodge Thursday refused to leave his room and then pointed a pistol at an employee, prompting a lengthy SWAT standoff, police reported.
The man, whose name was not released, pulled the gun on the worker at the Atwood Hotel on Hotel Circle South about 10:30 a.m. when told he had to depart, according to San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez. When patrol personnel arrived to investigate the threat, the man locked himself in the room and would not speak with them, Martinez said.
After the man refused for several hours to comply with orders to surrender, a special weapons and tactics squad was called in.
Though the man eventually began speaking with a crisis negotiator, the stalemate was ongoing as of shortly before 6:30 p.m., according to police.
–City News Service
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