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7-hour standoff in Mid-City ends with armed woman's surrender

July 2, 2010 |  9:55 am

An armed woman's seven-hour standoff with Los Angeles police in Mid-City ended in surrender Friday morning after officers threatened to fire tear gas into the building.

The woman, who initially had a 6-year-old child with her, allegedly shot at a nearby liquor store owner, authorities said.

Me1_l4xzrrnc The standoff began about 2:30 a.m. after the store owner reported that the woman had come into his business and shot at him, said Cmdr. Andrew Smith. Police tracked the woman to an apartment near Highland Avenue and Pickford Street where she had barricaded herself.

About 8 a.m., the boy came out of the building along with a male friend of the suspect, police said.

SWAT officers and a crisis negotiator were talking to the woman, who is known to police from prior incidents, Smith said. Residents of the building had been evacuated.

It is unclear what triggered the alleged shooting by the suspect.

-- Richard Winton

Photos: The suspect surrenders and is escorted by a Los Angeles Police Department officer after a seven-hour standoff in Mid-City ended Friday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times