Man Found Dead in West Covina Home After Standoff

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A man was found dead at a home in a West Covina a few hours after a resident across the street called police to report that bullet had been fired into their house, police confirmed Friday.


Residents reported gunshots coming from a home in the 1900 block of E. Cortez Street on April 10, 2014. (CreditL KTLA)

The 911 call reporting a shooting in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street (map) was made at about 2:50 a.m. on Thursday, according to a news release from the West Covina Police Department.

Officers arrived at the caller’s home and found that a bullet had indeed entered the house and lodged in a bathroom wall.

While at the scene, authorities heard several more gunshots coming from a house across the street, the police department stated in the release.

Police surrounded the home and tried unsuccessfully to make contact with anyone inside through phone calls and bullhorn announcements, according to the release.

Eventually, a robot and SWAT officers entered the home and found a man on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound, police stated.

The unidentified man, believed to be the shooter, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported and no shots were fired by police in the incident, according to the news release.

Detectives found two handguns ant 19 expended casings in the home, police stated.

Ten bullet holes were found in the front door and one through a front facing window, apparently fired from inside the alleged gunman’s house.

The bullet fired into the home of the person who called 911 entered the front door and traveled through the house before becoming embedded in a bathroom, according to police.

East Cortez Street between South Azusa Avenue and South Hollenbeck Street were closed until about 11 a.m.