A man suspected of shooting his girlfriend was found dead inside his Oakdale home after barricading himself inside early Wednesday morning.
Oakdale police responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of A Street around 1 a.m. and found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound, said Lt. Josh Sandoval. She had run from the home she shared with her boyfriend to the home of a neighbor, who called police.
Sandoval said the woman was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center and is expected to survive.
A resident of the area told The Bee she heard five or six "booms" at 1 a.m. and then heard sirens seemingly coming from all directions. She later heard police using a public-address system to order someone out of the house.
Sandoval said officers used the PA system and telephone to try to contact the shooting suspect but never got a response.
The Sheriff Department's SWAT, hostage negotiation and drone teams responded to the scene to assist.
At about 8 a.m., after obtaining a search and arrest warrant, the SWAT team entered the home and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sandoval said.
The man's name was not released pending notification of his family.
Magnolia Elementary School was put on lockdown for almost an hour. On its website, it posted this message to families: "This is a message from the Oakdale Joint Unified School District to notify families that at approximately 8:15 am the Oakdale Police Department engaged in an enforcement action near Magnolia Elementary School. The school was directed to institute a Lockdown as a precautionary measure. At 9:10 am the school was provided the 'All Clear' and school activities resumed as normal. We appreciate the cooperation with Oakdale Police Department. Students and staff are to be commended for their quick response to insure everyone's safety. Thank you."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Gary Vanderheiden at 209-847-2231.