Lake Isabella SWAT standoff ends in suicide


A seven-hour standoff in Lake Isabella ended with a hostage in safety and a suicide.

An unidentified woman had been reported missing since June 14th. Investigators finally found her yesterday at a home on the 3400 block of Hall Court.

The woman’s family had spent the prior week searching for her throughout the county. When one of her family members finally spotted her car, he followed it to a home near Kern Valley High School. That’s where investigators say the driver barricaded himself inside, along with the missing woman.

Kern County deputies arrived at the house around 6:30 p.m. And when the 56-year-old man inside threatened to blow up the property, officials called in the SWAT Team and the Bomb Squad.

The woman finally came out and deputies moved her to safety, where she told them that she used to date the man. Records show he had an outstanding arrest warrant for domestic violence last October.

The woman also alerted law enforcement he had threatened suicide several times while she was inside–saying, he would not go back to prison.

After about seven hours, SWAT forced their way into the home around 1:30 a.m. Inside, they say he died by hanging himself.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at 322-4040.

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