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Standoff ends w/ death of wanted gang member

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 18, 2010 12:58:32 AM PST
A standoff with a wanted gang member in Ontario ended with the suspect taking his own life on Monday.The suspect is identified as 34-year-old Fernando Lopez of Chino. He was wanted for an unspecified parole violation.

The standoff began Sunday shortly before 3 p.m. when Lopez barricaded himself in the attic of a house on West Belmont Street at Vine Avenue and began firing a handgun.

The Ontario Police Department's SWAT team responded to the scene. Authorities evacuated several neighbors and cordoned off the neighborhood for several hours as the SWAT team attempted to make contact with Lopez.

SWAT officers entered the home just before 1 a.m. Monday to find Lopez dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No one else was injured in the incident.