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Siege Ends With Suspect's Death
LA MESA -– Traffic on Spring Street was cutoff this morning in both directions as La Mesa Police and Federal Marshals cordoned off the area around the Rodeway Inn where police tactical units were surrounding the hotel room in an attempt to make a warrant arrest.
By mid-afternoon, police reported the suspect, 40-year-old Robert de Leon, who had been barricaded in a room at the hotel, was found dead, the victim of an apparent suicide.
The siege began at about 10 a.m. today when there reports of shots fired as Federal Marshals attempted to serve a warrant at the motel. La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves said no police were injured by the shots at that time. The stand-off continued for five hours until a loud noise was heard in the room and SWAT officers went in. The suspect had apparently shot himself in the head, police said.
Fire units were called out to help set up barricades from the 125 and the 94 and also at High Street on the northern end of the perimeter near the Spring Street trolley station. Traffic was being diverted at both ends of Spring Street.
This is the second warrant event that has led to shots fired in the last two weeks. Sheriff’s deputies shot a man who had attacked a deputy at a warrant event near Jackson and Center Street. It wasn't immediately clear the circumstances of this morning's shots fired event, but no one was reported injured.