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Sheriff's Office: Larkfield-area man commits suicide after standoff

A 39-year-old Santa Rosa man committed suicide following a domestic dispute and hourslong standoff with a SWAT team early Saturday on a quiet residential street in Larkfield, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office reported.

Glenn Raymond Swindell was found dead in his home Saturday morning on Manka Circle near Faught Road. His mother, Deborah Belka of Bellingham, Wash., confirmed his death and said he had called her Friday night and told her he was hiding in his attic from police.

Neighbors heard loud blasts and possible gunfire, including between 2and 3 a.m. Saturday morning, during the standoff. The noises were intense enough to set off nearby car alarms.

"It sounded like a bomb going off at my house, and I'm 10 houses away," neighbor Kaptain Bine said.

The SWAT team brought an armored truck and may have used it to knock down the garage door, neighbors said. The door remained dented and unattached to the house Saturday afternoon.

A Sheriff's office news release that did not identify Swindell by name said deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home about 9 p.m. Friday. The account said "a physical altercation had occurred between the couple inside their vehicle, which was parked outside their residence."

Swindell had restricted the woman's "ability to freely move from the vehicle" and had taken their two children with him into the residence, the release stated.

Deputies persuaded Swindell to release the children to their mother, the release said.

An hour or so later Swindell stopped responding to deputies, according to the press release. The SWAT team arrived, and sheriff's officials cordoned off Manka Circle in front of the house. Deputies later closed portions of Faught Road as well.

"There were more than 30 cops out there," neighbor Elias Astuto said. The scene looked like something from a movie, with officers wearing helmets and night vision goggles, he said.


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