Mira Mesa SWAT standoff ends, shooting suspect still at large

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A suspect in an early-morning shooting fled from police in Mira Mesa Tuesday and holed up in a nearby home, prompting an hours- long standoff.

Michael Paganvega, 27, bolted when an officer approached him in the 8800 block of Brentford Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., according to San Diego police. He then ran into a house down the street and refused orders to surrender, SDPD spokesman Josh Hodge said.

Officers surrounded the residence and tried in vain to persuade Paganvega to come outside and give himself up. About 3:30 p.m., a SWAT team was called in to take positions in the neighborhood and prepare to forcibly enter the home if necessary.

The stalemate continued for roughly four hours. In the early evening, the Special Weapons and Tactics squad entered the home and began going through it room by room to determine if Paganvega remained inside.

The slow search was ongoing as of 6:30 p.m., and Paganvega’s whereabouts remained unknown, Officer Dino Delimitros said.

Paganvega was being sought in connection with a predawn shooting at or near Hourglass Field Community Park, about a mile from the site of the standoff, according to police. The gunfire left one person with wounds that were not believed to be life-threatening, Hodge said.

Paganvega is a Hispanic male, 5’ 8” and weighs approximately 135 lbs. He is considered armed and dangerous. 

If located, do not approach or contact.  Call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or 911 immediately.

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