Police: SWAT surrounds Birdland apartment where gunman may be locked up

SWAT officers and patrol officers surrounded an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon in the Birdland neighborhood of San Diego after a man suspected of being armed with a gun barricaded himself inside. a unit, police said.

The standoff, which started around 2:30 p.m., was still ongoing at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, San Diego police said.

Few details of the incident were immediately available, but it began after someone called the police at around 2:20 p.m. and reported that a man pointed a gun at another person at a residential complex on Cardinal Drive , according to San Diego police officers Scott Lockwood and Sarah. To favor.

When patrol officers responded to the compound near Bobolink Way, a few blocks south of Genesee Avenue, the man hid in an apartment, Lockwood and Foster said.

SWAT officers intervened in the area around 3 p.m., according to Foster, who said other units in the complex had not been evacuated. The inhabitants of the building were asked to take shelter in place.

The San Diego Unified School District Police Department tweeted that due to the standoff, nearby Fletcher Elementary School was inaccessible to drivers. Students from that school were being transferred to Chesterton Elementary School in Linda Vista for pick-up, according to the tweet.

A district spokesperson said Fletcher Elementary School was closed, but the school was closed for the day and only a few dozen students remained on campus. School district officers took these students through a nearby walkway to Linda Vista, where they were then driven by bus to Chesterton Elementary, Maureen Magee said.