Covina barricade suspect found dead by SWAT officers
A man who allegedly shot a woman and then barricaded himself inside an apartment in an unincorporated Covina neighborhood was found dead today from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a more than six-hour standoff with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.
The sheriff's SWAT team stormed into the apartment about 3:30 p.m. after negotiators failed to make contact with the man. Inside, SWAT officers found the man dead of a gunshot wound, said Lt. Jerry Cummins of the San Dimas sheriff's station.
A sheriff's homicide detective was dispatched to investigate the man's death, which is a standard procedure in such circumstances.
The standoff began about 9 a.m. in the 20000 block of Calora Street, near Sunflower Avenue, after deputies responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon, said Deputy Robert Boese.
Deputies found a woman lying outside the apartment with multiple gunshot wounds, he said. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, authorities said.
The relationship between the woman and the man was not immediately known. A motive for the shooting has not been determined.