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Malibou Lake man found dead after officers surround home

A Malibou Lake man involved in an apparent domestic disturbance Sunday morning was found dead after officers entered the home late  in the afternoon.

The man, whose name has not been been released, apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Lt. Robert Wiard of the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station. A handgun was found at the scene.

The incident, which was handled for much of the day as a barricade situation, is under investigation. Wiard said he didn’t know when the man killed himself but that he never responded to repeated attempts to contact him.

“Whether he was already dead or ignoring us I don’t know,” Wiard said.

Deputies originally responded to a report that the man’s wife had fled their home and that a gun may have been fired.

About 10:40 a.m., deputies set up a perimeter and evacuated several nearby residences in the 29000 block of Paiute Drive, which is south of Malibou Lake in an unincorporated section of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Shortly after 4 p.m., officers decided to move in.

“Our special-weapons team did make entry and discovered him deceased,” Wiard said.

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