SAN ANTONIO – A 29-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a Northwest Side home Wednesday after setting a neighbor’s vehicle and his own home on fire was found dead inside the residence, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
The standoff began after the man and a neighbor got into an altercation Tuesday night, police said. Throughout the night, the man broke windows at his neighbor’s house and set the neighbor’s car on fire in the 3400 block of Stonehaven Road just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, McManus said.
The suspect, who lived at the house with his parents, retreated into his house in the 3400 block of Litchfield and was seen by police armed with a rifle, McManus said.
The situation at the home prompted a large response from local law enforcement, including SWAT team officers, and nearby streets were closed off.
At some point during the standoff, the man set fire to his residence in the second story and threw a Molotov cocktail, McManus said.
Smoke was seen coming out of the home around 12:30 p.m.
When SWAT officers entered the home, they found the man dead on the second story, McManus said. It’s not clear how the man died and officers are investigating, he said.
The man’s parents were not in the residence during the incident, McManus said.