Colton standoff ends with shooting suspect found dead in apartment – San Bernardino Sun

A man suspected of trying to kill a woman in Colton shot at officers serving a search warrant at his apartment, refused to come out and later fatally shot himself Wednesday, April 13, authorities said.

The Inland Valley SWAT Team removed the door to the apartment in the 2000 block of North Rancho Avenue and discovered the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Colton police Lt. Ray Mendez said.

A handgun and a rifle were also found in the apartment, he added.

The coroner has not yet identified the man.

The man is a suspect in the Tuesday shooting of a 44-year-old woman at Walnut and Maple streets. A resident heard gunshots and called police at 10:01 p.m., he said, adding officers found the victim who had been shot multiple times. She was taken to a hospital.

Mendez believes the suspect and victim were in “some type of dating relationship.”

Officers and detectives went to the suspect’s apartment around 4:50 a.m. on Wednesday to serve a search warrant. The man shot at them through his front window. No officers were hit, Mendez said.

The Inland Valley SWAT team, which is a regional SWAT between Rialto, Colton and Fontana police, headed to the scene. Negotiators made contact with the suspect via a cell phone, Mendez said.

“He didn’t want to come out,” the lieutenant said.

Officers and detectives helped evacuate the apartment complex and nearby residences,

The standoff ended shortly after 10 a.m. when SWAT removed the suspect’s door.

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