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Covina barricade suspect found dead by SWAT officers

January 2, 2010 |  6:18 pm

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.

--Ruben Vives

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