Report of gunman making threats sparks deadlock between Birdland police and Birdland area

A San Diego Police SWAT team. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

A gunman suspected of making threats at an apartment complex in the Birdland area hid in a rental unit on Tuesday when police arrived, causing a standoff of several hours.

A 911 caller reported the suspect’s allegedly threatening behavior in the 2300 block of Cardinal Drive shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department. No injuries were reported.

When the patrol officers arrived, the man, whose name was not immediately available, retreated to an apartment and ignored repeated orders to surrender, Sgt SDPD. Kevin Gibson said.

After the standoff lasted over an hour, police commanders called in a SWAT team to take up positions around the residential complex. Officers also closed several blocks of Cardinal Drive to through traffic pending resolution of the emergency.

San Diego Unified School District officials said administrators at nearby Fletcher Elementary School closed the campus and began transporting students to Chesterton Elementary School on Linda Vista Road for collection by their parents.

The police standoff was underway shortly before 5 p.m., SDPD public affairs lieutenant Adam Sharki said.

Sharki declined to say what type of weapon the suspect was believed to be armed with and did not provide details of any threats the man allegedly made.

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