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.

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Comment by Batman on April 22, 2014 at 1:33am

How did a convicted felon gang member on parole get his hands on a firearm? This entire shooting incident was completely preventable by simply enforcing any one of a multitude of gun laws on the books.

Comment by Timothy F. Bryant on April 21, 2014 at 5:50pm

Unfortunately, the suspect in this situation took his own life and removed himself from the Gene Pool...  Sometimes these criminals are so intent on "not going back to prison" that they take their own lives.   Nobody likes to see a death of any kind, but at least this guy did not injure or kill any innocent bystanders or Police Officers.

My Thanks and Gratitude go out to ALL of the Law Enforcement men and women who put their lives on the line every single day...  Thank You...

Comment by knikki royster on April 21, 2014 at 5:32pm
La Mesa is the new City Heights.... Never a dull moment
Comment by Lisa Moore on April 21, 2014 at 5:26pm

Another exciting day in La Mesa!  I was watching this with binoculars from my home in Windsor Hills.  Had an adventure trying to get home on Spring St. from the I-94.  I was also at the seen of the shooting at the Chevron station on Jackson & Center a couple of weeks ago :-)

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