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Gunman killed in standoff identified as Vietnam veteran

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This is a picture of the scene at 927 Broadway, Wednesday, February 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: CBS News 8 Photographer Kenny McGregor) This is a picture of the scene at 927 Broadway, Wednesday, February 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy: CBS News 8 Photographer Kenny McGregor)
Photo of the scene courtesy: CBS News 8's Gene Kang. Photo of the scene courtesy: CBS News 8's Gene Kang.
Photo of the scene courtesy: CBS News 8's Gene Kang. Photo of the scene courtesy: CBS News 8's Gene Kang.
This photo from the scene is courtesy of a CBS News 8 Facebook follower: L. Macías This photo from the scene is courtesy of a CBS News 8 Facebook follower: L. Macías

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities Thursday released the name of a man who police say pointed a realistic-looking mock assault rifle at officers during a standoff at a Core-Columbia retail/residential building, prompting one of them to fatally shoot him.

John Edward Chesney, 62, died inside his third-floor rental residence in the 900 block of Broadway about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police. Near where he had been standing just prior to his death, investigators found a black AR-15 replica pellet gun, Lt. Mike Hastings said.

The events that led to the shooting began about an hour earlier, when someone flagged down an officer to report seeing Chesney -- identified by neighbors as an Army veteran who had served in the Vietnam War -- at a window of his apartment, waving around what looked like a military-style semiautomatic rifle.

"Initial responding officers as well as emergency negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, to no avail," Lt. Mike Hastings said.

Officers took up positions around the structure, which also houses a bar and a hamburger restaurant on the ground floor, and closed the east-west boulevard in front of it along with traffic lanes on nearby streets.

During the ensuing stalemate, the suspect "acted despondent and agitated," Hastings said.

Finally, Chesney allegedly raised the rifle toward police, prompting SDPD Sgt. Kerry Mensior, a 22-year department veteran, to fire about a dozen rounds into the window from below.

A SWAT team then entered the apartment, finding the suspect dead.

It was unclear what might have caused Chesney's erratic behavior, though people who knew him told police he apparently had been in a suicidal state of mind on the morning of his death.

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