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Bankers Hill SWAT standoff suspect pleads not-guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Las Vegas man who allegedly fired at San Diego police during a nearly 5 1/2-hour standoff at his ex-girlfriend's Bankers Hill apartment pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer.

Titus Nathan Colbert, who's also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, was ordered held without bail. He faces 105 years to life in prison if convicted.

After being brought into court, Colbert said he stood for the "new world order" and would not be subjected to "criminal abuse."

When the 33-year-old defendant would not stop his verbal tirade, Judge David Szumowski had him removed from the courtroom.

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Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said a woman called police Wednesday about 9:15 a.m., saying her ex-boyfriend may have gained access to her fourth-floor apartment on Brant Street.

When a police officer checked a rear bedroom of the apartment, Colbert allegedly fired from the bedroom, narrowly missing the officer, Runyon said. Officers retreated and a San Diego police SWAT team was called.

During the 5 1/2-hour standoff, Colbert allegedly fired multiple rounds at two SWAT officers, Runyon said.

Prior to surrendering, the defendant disposed of a revolver and a rifle, dropping them to a courtyard below, according to the prosecutor. A subsequent search of the residence turned up another rifle, and 17 shell casings were recovered inside the apartment, Runyon said.

The SWAT action prompted evacuations, school lockdowns, road closures and a suspension of flights at nearby Lindbergh Field.

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During the standoff, officers cleared out some neighboring apartments and closed the street in front of the building along with stretches of Albatross, Curlew and Front streets between Laurel and West Ivy streets.

Officials at San Diego International Airport, which lies just across Interstate 5 from the Bankers Hill neighborhood, suspended arrivals until about 2:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two nearby schools were placed on lockdown until the end of classes.

Colbert's former girlfriend was able to leave the apartment before the gunfire began and was not hurt, police said.

The defendant -- who has a 2012 drug conviction -- will be back in court Nov. 13. A Nov. 20 preliminary hearing date was also set.

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