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Man suspected of child abuse found dead after police standoff

Published On: Feb 20 2013 02:35:47 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 10:18:48 PM CST
Standoff at San Marcos Apartments

Police and members of the SWAT team cordon off a building at the San Marco Apartments.

A man wanted on child abuse charges was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with authorities, police said. 

Officers were serving a warrant early Wednesday at the San Marco Apartments in El Paso's Lower Valley.  But the man inside -- wanted for alleged continuous sexual abuse of a child -- did not open the door.

Instead, officers heard a single gunshot coming from inside the apartment, prompting them to back off and call the SWAT team.

Police also evacuated the apartments complex. Neighbors were forced out of their homes at 4 a.m.

"I think under the circumstances it's OK, as far as safety, I believe." said Jesse Dore, a neighbor. "Other than that, I can't complain. We're OK, so that's what matters."

Police have not identified the man.

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