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Officials ID man who died after setting his parents’ home on fire, throwing Molotov cocktail

David Earl Claborn, 29, died during standoff

A man at the center of a standoff at a Northwest Side home is accused of setting a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
A man at the center of a standoff at a Northwest Side home is accused of setting a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A man who was found dead after barricading himself and setting his parents’ home on fire earlier this month has been identified.

David Earl Claborn, 29, died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police said the incident started after Claborn and his neighbor got into an altercation on Feb. 18. Throughout the night, Claborn allegedly broke windows at his neighbor’s house and set the neighbor’s car on fire in the 3400 block of Stonehaven Road.

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The following day, Claborn was seen retreating with a rifle into his home, which he shared with his parents, prompting a large response from local law enforcement and a standoff.

Police said at some point during the standoff, Claborn set fire to the home and threw a Molotov cocktail.

SWAT officers entered the home and found Claborn dead on the second story.


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