A house fire near Granite Hills High School turned into a law enforcement standoff Friday after a man described as distraught and believed to possibly be armed with a gun holed up inside the damaged residence, authorities reported.
The blaze in the 700 block of North Fourth Street in unincorporated El Cajon was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Firefighters arrived to find the garage of the home burning, Lt. Scott Roller said. When they got word about the possibly armed occupant of the residence, however, the crews backed off and called for assistance from deputies.
After the patrol personnel tried in vain for hours to get the man to exit the house, they called in special weapons and tactics personnel, the lieutenant said.
The stalemate was ongoing at midday.
–City News Service