Hours-long Wildomar barricade ends as armed suspect surrenders

WILDOMAR, Calif. (KABC) -- A standoff with an armed suspect in a Wildomar neighborhood ended in the man's surrender hours after he barricaded himself inside a home.

The standoff began after authorities responded to a report of shots fired near Clinton Keith and Smith Ranch roads. The neighborhood was evacuated as the armed suspect barricaded himself inside a home in the area around 1 p.m.

Construction worker Reed Gillette described hearing gunfire.

"It was one man -- I didn't see the man - I heard the gunfire. So when I came out, it was possibly 10 to 12 rounds, and then he went back inside and hasn't come back out," Gillette said.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies surrounded the home to try to bring the standoff to a peaceful end. At one point, officials were seen firing something into the home, possibly smoke grenades.

Detectives did not release the identity of the suspect but said they were in touch with his family, who did cooperate.

By 9 p.m., officials announced the barricade had ended with the suspect's surrender.

No injuries were reported.
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