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Man barricades himself inside Valley Village apartment [Updated]

June 25, 2011 | 12:31 pm

Authorities were communicating Saturday with a man who barricaded himself inside a Valley Village apartment after shooting at car windows and threatening people with what appeared to be a BB or pellet gun.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood division first responded to the apartment building in the 5300 block of Radford Avenue about 12:30 a.m. after neighbors complained about a loud party, Officer Christopher No said. Party-goers were instructed to turn down the music.

Officers were sent to the same address about 3:30 a.m. after neighbors saw a man connected with the party walking around outside shooting at car windows, No said.

By the time police arrived, the party had ended and the man had barricaded himself inside the apartment and indicated he had more guns inside the location, No said. A woman and possibly two children were also inside the residence.

Police have spoken with the man on the telephone. He and the woman have been uncooperative, No said.

It was not clear if the man lives at the apartment or if he was the host of the party.

The apartment building and the surrounding area have been evacuated.

[Updated at 3:29 p.m.: A SWAT team and an armored car were called in. The suspect surrendered about 12 p.m., LAPD Officer Christopher No said. The suspect and the woman, both of whom live at the apartment and hosted the party, were taken into custody. Their relationship was unknown. The two children were taken into protective services. It was not known if a pellet gun was recovered. No other weapons were found at the scene.]


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