The son of a woman found dead in a residence near the Ocean Beach Pier Wednesday has been named as a person of interest in his mother’s killing, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Daniel Chase McKibben, 36, was reportedly seen running from the home by his brother, police said, prompting an hours-long search through Ocean Beach and SWAT officers to descend on two different homes Wednesday morning.
The SWAT team was first called to the multi-unit property near the intersection of Niagara Avenue and Bacon Street at about 4 a.m., San Diego Police Department Lt. Matt Dobbs said.
At about 8 a.m., the team descended on a home on Del Mar Avenue where McKibben was believed to be holed up inside. The residence was about a half-mile away from where the woman's body was found.
A crisis negotiator could be heard calling out to McKibben to call police and surrender but three hours later, no one had emerged from the building and SWAT officers were called off.
SDPD homicide detectives could be seen serving search warrants at one of the homes Wednesday afternoon.
San Diego police were first called at about 1 a.m. to the residence on Niagara Avenue by McKibben’s brother concerned about the wellbeing of his mother, Dobbs said. Police were unable to get inside the home to determine if the mother was there.
Hours later, McKibben’s brother arrived and forced his way into the residence, discovering his mother’s body covered in the garage.
Moments before the discovery, the man spotted his brother, McKibben, running from the scene in a tan shirt, black shorts and a backpack; he has long brown hair and brown eyes.
The son contacted police after receiving a concerning phone call from his mother Tuesday night, Dobbs said. He tried to call her back and did not receive a response. The nature of the phone call was not disclosed.
Neither the sons' mother nor the sons lived at the residence on Niagara Avenue, though the mother was the property owner, according to Dobbs. The mother was believed to be checking on the property at the time.
Several residences in the multi-unit complex were evacuated as the tactical team surrounded the property. The police activity also closed several streets in the Ocean Beach area.
Several patrol cars lined the streets near popular restaurants that were closed at the time, including the OB Noodle House and Raglan Public House.
On Thursday, police shot McKibben after allegedly trespassing in a La Mesa home. He has since been hospitalized for injuries sustained to his hand and shoulder and has been detained.
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