San Diego gunman is arrested after long stand-off

Tear gas streams from broken windows at the apartment where a suspect with a high-powered rifle was surrounded in the Bankers Hills area of San Diego (04 November 2015) Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The stand-off is reported to have ended after police used tear gas and flash grenades

A gunman in the US city of San Diego who opened fire on police and brought air traffic at the international airport to a temporary halt has been taken into custody.

Police say they were involved in a long stand-off with the man - a suspect in an earlier domestic violence incident.

The man was armed with a high-powered rifle, police say.

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Media captionCamera crews filmed the police moving in towards the property and later the suspect in handcuffs

Tear gas and flash grenades were reported to have been used before he was arrested inside a flat.

Police said armed officers had surrounded the rooftop apartment after the gunman repeatedly shot at them. The stand-off was reported to have lasted five hours.

The threat posed by the gunman was so serious that police shut down roads near the airport and ordered residents not to leave their homes, NBC San Diego reported.

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Image caption Swat teams took up positions to surround the gunman throughout Wednesday
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Image caption The stand-off brought much of San Diego's Bankers Hill neighbourhood to a halt
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Image caption The stand-off ended after five hours

At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a diversion order for flights due to arrive at the city's international airport, located less than two miles away.

Police said such action was necessary because occasional shots were being fired into the approach path used by passenger aircraft.

There have been no reports of any injuries.