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Deputies in standoff with suicidal man in Thousand Oaks [Updated]

July 9, 2011 | 11:37 am

Ventura County sheriff's deputies in Thousand Oaks have been in a six-hour standoff with a reportedly suicidal man who has barricaded himself inside his home, law enforcement officials say.

Deputies responded early Saturday to a home near the intersection of Peppermint Street and Wendy Drive where a man was reportedly trying to cut himself, said Capt. Mike Aranda.

The 42-year-old man's fiancee called police around 5:30 a.m. and said he was despondent about being unemployed, Aranda said, adding that the woman had fled the house before deputies arrived. The woman was not injured.

The man immediately was involved in a standoff with deputies, at one point using a sharp metal object to cut himself, Aranda said. The man then barricaded himself inside his home. A portion of Peppermint Street was closed off. Negotiators are also trying to persuade the man to come out of his home. "For now it's just a standoff until he complies," Aranda said.

[Updated at 12:28 p.m.:  The standoff has ended, according to Aranda. He said deputies forced their way into the man’s home around 12:05 p.m. after they didn’t hear from him for almost an hour. The man was found lying adjacent to the front door. “He was unconscious, but still breathing,” Aranda said, adding that the man was taken by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.]

-- Ruben Vives