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Reseda SWAT standoff, bomb scare end peacefully

September 8, 2011 |  8:46 am

An overnight police standoff with an assault suspect in Reseda prompted  a call for the bomb squad when officers found a grenade, but the suspect eventually surrendered and the grenade turned out to be inert.

Police responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon and a man armed with a gun at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Mitzi Fierro of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers arrived on the 6900 block of Wystone Avenue and interviewed the alleged victim, a woman, who was not a hostage. Police reports identify her as a "roommate." One media report identified her as a live-in girlfriend.

When the suspect refused to surrender, officers called the SWAT team, which began a five-hour operation that ended without incident, although it was reported that officers fired tear gas into the residence.

 Once inside, officers found the grenade, which prompted an immediate call to the bomb squad.
“It was inert,” Fierro said. She added that a gun was not found.

The name of the suspect had not been released Thursday morning.

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