Chula Vista fugitive parolee standoff ends

A Chula Vista stand-off that began when a fugitive parolee armed with a pistol led police on a brief pursuit Wednesday, has ended. Earlier the suspect parked on a South Bay roadside and refused to surrender while threatening to kill himself.

The 30-year-old suspect fled when officers tried to pull him over for speeding in a black Ford Crown Victoria in the 400 block of Shasta Street in Chula Vista shortly before 10 a.m., Lt. Eric Thunberg said.

The suspect led police over various streets for about 10 minutes, then pulled over on Nacion Avenue at East Moss Street, just west of Interstate 805.

While sitting inside the car, possibly a one-time police cruiser, the man spoke repeatedly to dispatchers and said he wanted to talk with his mother, Thunberg said. He also reportedly told authorities he would rather die than go back to prison.

Officers blocked off the roadway around the parolee's sedan, which was flanked by several police vehicles. The street was closed from Naples Avenue to East L Street.

In the early afternoon, officers were still trying to persuade the fugitive to surrender peaceably.

Two elementary schools and a day-care center in the neighborhood went into lockdown mode as a precaution during the standoff, the lieutenant said.

The suspect's name was not immediately available.

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