EL SOBRANTE (KCBS) — An overnight standoff in El Sobrante ended early Sunday morning when a 43-year-old man armed with a handgun took his own life.

Contra Costa Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said it started when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at home on San Pablo Dam Road shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday.

At about 8:30 in the evening the neighborhood was put on alert.

“A shelter in place alert went out to residents in the immediate area, just asking them to stay inside, close their doors and windows, because of police activity,” Lee said.

A few hours later at 11:10 the same warning went out again reminding residents to stay indoors; the situation remained dangerous for several hours.

After being holed up for nearly nine hours, the man released his wife and children.

Investigators said the gunman fired several shots before turning the gun on himself around three early Sunday morning.

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