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Standoff ends: Man captured from top of FBI building in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - After a 5-hour standoff Sunday, a man who had climbed to the top of a building at FBI headquarters was taken into custody, officials said.

The man, whose motive was unknown, had climbed a 7-foot-tall security fence at the FBI headquarters in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood about noon. He may have injured himself in the process of scaling the fence.

Unable to get into the main FBI building, he instead went to an adjacent parking structure and from there to the roof of a one-story annex building, officials said.

For hours, FBI negotiators tried to persuade the man to surrender. Meanwhile FBI SWAT agents, San Diego police and personnel from the San Diego Fire & Rescue Department surrounded the buildings.

FBI agents took the man into custody about 5 p.m., possibly by diverting his attention with flash-bang grenades.

It's not known if the man was armed. He had called local television stations to say that he wanted to talk to the FBI and did not trust San Diego police.

The man was identified by the FBI as William Durant, 36, of Lakeside. He will face trespassing and possible other charges, officials said.


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