Police say that an armed man was killed during a standoff with police and SWAT in California on Monday, just seconds after the house he had been trapped in caught fire. The hours-long battle began around 4 p.m. when deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tried to serve a search warrant.
The man was shot outside of a home in Upland. There were shots fired at the officers from inside the house at Cloverdale Avenue and West 15th Street. The suspect fired more shots when Upland Police arrived and then locked himself inside, the Upland Police Department (UPD) said in a statement Tuesday morning.
This city is in San Bernardino County. The suspect refused to give up, so a SWAT team was called in to help. This led to a battle. After about six hours, the house caught fire, and video from the scene shows the whole building covered in thick flames.
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The suspect came out of the fire and was hit by police officers who then shot him. The suspect was declared dead at the scene. The UPD said that no cops or deputies were hurt. The man who died has not been officially named.
Reports say that crews from the Upland Fire Department rushed to the fire and that many nearby homes were evacuated. Because of this, the fire is no longer dangerous. “The scene has been rendered safe and there is no threat to the public, but the immediate area remains closed for further investigation,” the UPD statement says.