SEAL BEACH — Two people were found dead early Monday morning when the SWAT team entered an apartment after an hours-long standoff that started Sunday evening in Seal Beach.
The bodies of a man and another person, whose gender was not listed, were discovered at midnight in the 100 block of 7th Street, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.
A woman called 911 at 7:20 p.m. asking for help but then police said the line went dead, Seal Beach police Sgt. Michael Henderson said Sunday, July 16. When officers arrived at the apartment, multiple witnesses told police they heard several gunshots fired from the apartment.
Witnesses said the man was on off-duty police officer and his girlfriend was visiting. One of them heard the woman yell, “No, don’t do this” before the gunshots were heard. However, police have not given details about the deceased or the events of prior to their deaths.
Police and SWAT personnel surrounded the area for hours but never heard any other sounds from inside the apartment. It was considered a barricade situation and neighbors were told to stay inside their homes with the doors locked.
Dozens of police units assisted Seal Beach police, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and officers from Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Westminster, Cerritos and Fountain Valley.
Police have not said if one of the bodies was that of the shooter, but officials have not reported anyone taken into custody.
This is a developing story.