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SWAT Situation Ends After Man Shoots Self

Journal Staff Report
    A SWAT situation in Northeast Albuquerque ended early Saturday morning when a man authorities had tried to serve a rape warrant lobbed a homemade bomb at officers, then killed himself, police said.
    The man— identified as 42 years old, white and from Albuquerque— had another bomb and items to make several more lying inside the residence at 12001 Grand NE when police found his body about 3 a.m., said John Walsh, an APD spokesman. He died of a gunshot wound.
    The man had fired several rounds at police during the standoff, which began about 10 p.m. Friday, Walsh said.
    The bomb he threw out of the home exploded "close enough where officers could feel the shock," he said. No officers were injured.
    Police began investigating the man in early June, Walsh said, and obtained a warrant for rape, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, kidnapping and firing inside a residence. It carried a $2 million bond.
    Surveillance began on the Grand NE home, which the man didn't own, about 1 p.m. Friday, he said.