A man who killed himself during a standoff with Los Angeles police was convicted last year of breaking into Sandra Bullock’s home and stalking the Oscar-winning actress, his lawyer said Thursday.
Joshua James Corbett missed a court date last month and on Wednesday barricaded himself inside his house when police arrived to serve an arrest warrant, attorney Steve Sitkoff told The Associated Press. Corbett was scheduled to appear for a progress report as part of his probation in the Bullock stalking.
SWAT officers were called after Corbett threatened to kill police, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said.
Corbett, 42, was found dead about five hours later at the home in the La Crescenta neighborhood. The death was reported as a suicide and an autopsy was planned Thursday, said coroner spokesman Ed Winter.
Corbett’s father had reported that his son, who suffered from mental health problems, hadn’t been doing well in recent weeks, Sitkoff said.
“He was due for a progress report and he just didn’t want to go to court,” the attorney said. “It’s a very sad situation.”