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Barricaded Sun Valley woman kills herself [Updated]

October 18, 2009 |  2:32 pm

[Updated at 5:12 p.m.: The Sun Valley woman who was barricaded in her home was found dead about 4 p.m. today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

A SWAT team from the Los Angeles Police Department attempted to make contact with the unidentified woman for several hours, but she did not respond, said Officer Karen Rayner. There was no one else in the house, she said.]

A Sun Valley woman who allegedly fired gunshots at her neighbors’ homes is barricaded inside her residence and refusing to come out, police said.

A SWAT team from the Los Angeles Police Department has surrounded the residence in the 11700 block of Saticoy Street near Lankershim Boulevard, but police do not know whether the woman is armed or whether anyone is in the home with her, said LAPD Officer Gregory Baek. Officers said the woman appears to be hiding inside and may suffer from a mental illness.

There have been no reports of injuries, and none of the surrounding buildings have been evacuated, said Baek. He said police received a call about 7:50 a.m. from neighbors who reported hearing gunshots.

—My-Thuan Tran and Carla Rivera