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1 Dead in South Bay, Man Arrested After SWAT Standoff

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A man was fatally shot at an apartment complex in a South Bay neighborhood on Saturday, police said, and a suspect was arrested after staying holed up at their residence.

Officers responded at about 4:38 p.m. Saturday to reports of a man threatening to harm himself at the Village Apartments in the 2300 block of Servando Avenue, according to acting Lt. Michelle Velovich of the San Diego Police Department.

The officers found a different man suffering from a gunshot wound, Velovich said. They saw another man, who matched the description of the person threatening to harm himself, on an upstairs unit balcony acting erratically, she said.

Officers carried the gunshot victim, 27, away from the courtyard, put him in a police vehicle and drove him to an awaiting ambulance. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, she said.

Officers tried to contact the man in the upstairs unit, but he continued to act erratically, going in and out of the apartment, Velovich said. NBC 7 crews observed the suspect entering and exiting an apartment onto a balcony, sometimes in the nude.

Officers believed the suspect shot the victim and possibly had weapons inside the apartment, she said.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and officers called the 20-year-old man out of the apartment and he was taken into custody, she said.

"Investigators from the San Diego Police Homicide unit were called to the scene and are handling the investigation," Velovich said. "At this time, it does not appear the suspect and victim knew each other."

Police said they need to confirm the suspect's identity before it is released. The victim has been identified, but his name was not immediately released.

No other information was available.

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