A Queens man was found dead in his bathtub last night from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after a nearly four hour standoff with a SWAT team. The NYPD says Mark Vasquez, a 34-year-old Hispanic man, fired shots at them from the window of his apartment, located at 70-7 68th Street in Glendale. Officers had been called to the scene by Vasquez's wife; she had fled the apartment after an earlier dispute, then called 911 after receiving text messages from her husband threatening to commit suicide.
Police arrived at the home at 6:30 p.m., and after Vasquez fired at them, they spent the next four hours trying to coax him out. At one point, they tried to storm the apartment, and a police source tells the Daily News Vasquez fired several times at them through his closed apartment door. Police say they did not return fire. “I took cover," one neighbor tells the News. "There were about four or five shots. He was trying to do some damage."
A 10:10 p.m., the SWAT team was able to access the apartment and found Vasquez dead in the tub. "He lived there for 3 years, him and his wife,” the landlord tells the Post. "They had a dispute, she left, and when she got to where she was going she called me to say he is a little distraught." A woman at the scene who identified herself as Vasquez's mother tells the Post that Vasquez worked for CUNY as a "peace officer."