SAN GABRIEL (CBSLA) — A San Gabriel neighborhood tonight is still reeling from a deadly stand-off Thursday.
Sheriff’s investigators spent the day searching for explosives amid charred ruins of the home near Saxon Ave. and Brighton St., where an hours-long standoff that included fires, fireworks, rubber bullets, a robotic officer, SWAT and a neighborhood evacuation ended in the death of the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jose Salvador Meza.
Friday’s investigation meant keeping some neighbors away as the bomb squad did its work.
“It’s very devastating … a young man gone and … the home. It’s very devastating. It’s a sad moment for the neighborhood and a sad moment for the family,” one woman said.
Thursday’s stand-off started with a call to police around noon from a family member of the suspect who said the suspect had a gun. A man identifying himself as the suspect’s cousin spoke to CBS2/KCAL9 Friday.
“We all go through some ups and downs. We all have problems,” he said.
It remains unclear if the suspect was shot by deputies during the incident.