Barricaded suspect dies from self-inflected gunshot wound

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PERRIS (CNS) – A man who barricaded himself in a Perris home and allegedly shot at deputies was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff’s officials said today.

The incident began at 1:44 p.m. Saturday when deputies were dispatched to assist California Highway Patrol officers responding to a hit-and-run crash that injured at least one person near Alexander and Markham streets.

A sheriff’s helicopter spotted the suspect running through a nearby field toward the 18000 block of Cable Lane, where he broke into a home and barricaded himself, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro said.

“As deputies responded to the residence and began approaching, the suspect fired a weapon toward the deputies. No deputies were hit nor injured,” Pecoraro said.

She said deputies did not fire back.

A sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene and after several unsuccessful attempts to get the suspect to surrender, they entered the home, according to Pecoraro.

Inside, SWAT members found the suspect “deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” she said.

A gun was recovered from the scene, authorities said.

The sheriff’s department did not release the suspect’s identity pending notification of his family, and the investigation was ongoing.