Incident involving ‘suicidal subject’ causes sheriff’s department to close off area near Promenade mall

Law enforcement respond to a suicidal man at the Temecula Promenade near the intersection of Margarita and Winchester Rd, Dec. 14. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Sheriff’s deputies closed off roads in Temecula while responding to a report of a suicidal person near the Promenade Temecula mall Saturday afternoon.

The Temecula Sheriff’s Station initially said in a Facebook post around 3:45 p.m. that sheriff’s deputies were dealing with an unspecified incident near the intersection of Winchester and Margarita roads, close to the northeastern corner of the mall.

“We have numerous units present,” the post said. “Please avoid the area and, if you are ordered by our deputies to clear the area please (comply) so they can handle the situation at hand.”

About an hour later, the sheriff’s department said on Twitter that they were notified at 2:54 p.m. of “a suicidal subject in his vehicle” near Winchester and Margarita, and deputies and SWAT personnel had headed to the area.

The sheriff’s department said deputies “discovered a deceased male in his vehicle,” and there were no outstanding suspects or threats to the public.

No further details about the incident were immediately released.

Portions of Winchester and Margarita were closed off while the incident was cleared, but road closures were being lifted as of about 5 p.m.

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5 p.m. Saturday: This story was updated to indicate the sheriff’s department was responding to a “suicidal subject.”