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Camarillo man barricaded inside home in SWAT standoff [Updated]

June 11, 2009 |  5:12 pm

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A Camarillo man being served with eviction papers has barricaded himself inside his home and is refusing to come out even after smoke and flames erupted from inside the residence, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve the papers about 1:30 p.m. but couldn't get the man to answer his door in the 200 block of Calle de la Rosa, said Patti Salas, a spokeswoman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Backup from the sheriff's SWAT team was called after the officers heard furniture being moved around as if the man were setting up a barricade, Salas said. Officers also heard shots being fired and took cover, she said.

As the SWAT team was staging around the home in the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park, smoke began rising and a fire broke out, Salas said. Ventura County firefighters were able to douse the flames by 4:45 p.m.

There has been no sign of the man, who is believed to be the lone occupant of the mobile home, Salas said. A sheriff's bomb squad has also been called, she said.

Salas had no immediate information about the man's identity or why he was being evicted. The mobile home is located just south of the 101 Freeway at the base of the Conejo grade.

[Updated at 5:45 p.m.: Sheriff's authorities have confirmed that a man's body has been found clutching a rifle inside the burned-out mobile home. Coroner's investigators have been called to determine the cause of death, said sheriff's spokesman Ross Bonfiglio. The man's body was found in a bathroom.

The man's identity could not be confirmed, but Bonfiglio said that a restraining order and eviction notice were being served on David Boggs, 51. Boggs was suspected of abusing his elderly mother and was about to be forcibly removed from the residence when the standoff began, Bonfiglio said. 

The mother was not at home when officers arrived and was safe in another location, he said. Deputies believe that there are no other individuals in the home and that the area is no longer a danger.]

-- Catherine Saillant