An Escondido Police cruiser. Photo courtesy Escondido Police.

A burst of gunfire inside a rented room at an Escondido motel Tuesday afternoon prompted a SWAT standoff as officers tried in vain to get the shooter to surrender.

The events that led to the heavy law enforcement call-out began about 2:30 p.m., when a staffer at the Hacienda Motel in the 700 block of North Broadway made an emergency call to report that a guest was refusing to leave his room after his checkout time, according to police.

When officers went to the motel and made contact with the man through the closed door, he yelled that he had a gun and made comments suggesting he would fire it, prompting the patrol personnel to back off, Escondido Police Department Lt. Scott Walters told reporters.

Moments later, two gunshots sounded inside the motel room, according to Walters. The officers then retreated to safety and called for backup.

Police shut down North Broadway between Mission and Washington avenues as a precaution and called in special weapons and tactics personnel while negotiators tried to make contact with the suspect.

As the stalemate lingered, officers launched concussion bombs into the motel room to try to get the man to surrender, but he remained inside despite the loud detonations and resulting smoke from the devices. Later, police broke out a window and flew a camera-equipped drone into the room.

About 5:30 p.m., SWAT officers entered the room and found the suspected gunman dead, police said. His name was not immediately available.

Updated at 9:31 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019

City News Service

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