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Parolee barricaded after allegedly firing on U.S. marshals in Whittier

January 27, 2012 |  2:21 pm

U.S. marshals trying to arrest a parolee in Whittier early Friday afternoon were fired on by the man, who then barricaded himself, police said.

The incident took place in the 6000 block of Washington Avenue, where marshals had been conducting surveillance of the man, who was wanted for a carjacking in the City of Industry.

When they tried to arrest him about 12:15 p.m., the man allegedly opened fire on them, according to a Whittier police statement.

"Whittier officers were assisting the marshal’s office on a surveillance of the suspect when the suspect exited the building and shot at the marshals, who were in the rear area of the property," police said. "The suspect immediately barricaded himself in another building."

Officers did not return fire, authorities said. Several occupants of the property fled from the residence after the shooting.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau was called to the scene to handle the incident.

At about 1:40 p.m. KTLA-TV showed footage of a man they said was not the suspect exiting a building and lying on the floor in front of a heavily armored sheriff’s vehicle before being handcuffed and led away.


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