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La Mesa SWAT Standoff Ends After 8 Hours

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    The 59-year-old swat suspect is driven away after keeping police at bay for nearly 8 hours.

    A La Mesa neighborhood is back to normal after a swat standoff came to a close early Wednesday morning nearly eight hours after it started.

    Officers say a parolee threatened his wife and son then barricaded himself inside his home.

    8-Hour SWAT Standoff Ends Peacefully

    [DGO] 8-Hour SWAT Standoff Ends Peacefully
    William Warnock, 59 and of La Mesa, was tazed Wednesday morning, which officers called the "best possible ending" to a lengthy standoff. (Published Wednesday, June 29, 2011)

    It began just after 10:30 p.m. when officers came to arrest a 59-year-old parolee for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

    Apparently the man had threatened his wife and son earlier in the day.

    When officers arrived in the 6100-block of Blaine Place, all the family members were safely out of the home, but the suspect refused to come out.

    SWAT was called to the scene, but officers weren't able to make contact with the man for several hours.

    Officers contacted the neighbors by phone, telling them to stay in place. 

    The man was finally taken into custody at 6:10 a.m. Police tasered the suspect while he stood on his front porch.