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Arraignment for Bankers Hill shooting suspect

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A trial date could be set Thursday for an ex-convict accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's Bankers Hill apartment and shooting at police during a five-hour standoff last year.
   
Titus Colbert, 34, faces arraignment in Superior Court on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and other counts.
   
His former girlfriend, Ashley Davies, testified during a preliminary hearing that she hadn't seen Colbert in weeks when he called her at least 90 times on Halloween night.
   
After about 30 calls that she did not pick up, Davies said she answered because "it seemed urgent.'' Colbert told Davies he could see her, even though he was in Las Vegas, which she called "alarming.''
   
Two days later, Colbert showed up at Davies' apartment building as she was leaving, but he left after she told him somebody would call the police if he caused a scene, the witness testified.
   
"He seemed distressed, like something was wrong,'' she said.
   
Davies said she stayed at her sister's house in Eastlake the next two nights, and Colbert continued to text her with messages about "dead presidents'' and "time traveling.''
   
Davies said she drove to her apartment the morning of Nov. 4.
   
"I got the impression that he (Colbert) would force entry into my house if he needed to,'' the woman testified.
   
Davies said she called 911 about 9 a.m. and drove to the front of her apartment building. As she was talking with officers, she heard gunfire.
   
"I remember getting in my car and driving away,'' she testified. "It was like being in a movie.''
   
When officers checked a rear bedroom of the sixth-floor apartment, Colbert allegedly fired at them from the bedroom, narrowly missing them.
   
Prior to surrendering, the defendant disposed of a revolver and a rifle, dropping them to a courtyard below, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon.
   
The emergency prompted evacuations, several school lockdowns, road closures and suspensions of incoming flights at nearby Lindbergh Field.

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