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Man who barricaded himself inside burning Chino home after eviction notice dies

A man who had barricaded himself a home in Chino on Wednesday and refused to come out even as the building burned to the ground is dead, police said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, barricaded himself inside the home in the 11000 block of Santa Anita Avenue on Wednesday while a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Court Services was attempting to serve an eviction notice, authorities said.

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As the deputy served the notice about 8 a.m., gunshots rang out from inside the home. The deputy was not injured.

After firing an initial shot, the man fired multiple gunshots at officers who had responded to provide assistance, Chino police said.

Officers deployed chemical agents into the house, and flames erupted, police said.

SWAT team members surrounded the building, and by 2:30 p.m., no one had exited so authorities made plans to go in and recover the body after the fire was out, Chino police tweeted.

“Through the investigation, information was received that the suspect stated to an acquaintance yesterday that he was going to light the house on fire and commit suicide,” the department said.

No deputies or officers were injured in the incident.

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UPDATE

March 10, 1:44 p.m.: This article has been updated with news the suspect is dead.

March 9, 1:12 p.m.: This article has been updated with new information.

This article was originally published at 9:56 a.m. March 9.

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