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10-hour West L.A. standoff ends when SWAT team uses tear gas

June 12, 2012 |  7:38 am


A SWAT team used tear gas to flush a man out of a West Los Angeles apartment Tuesday morning, ending a 10-hour standoff that included an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was treated for exposure to gas, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department. No other injuries were reported.

The incident began about 8:40 p.m. Monday after an out-of-state caller told police a man living in the 14100 block of Rochester Avenue in Sawtelle was threatening to kill himself and others, Borihanh said. Officers went to the apartment complex, evacuated some residents and began talking to the man over the phone.

At some point Monday night, Borihanh said, the suspect "became agitated" and went out on a balcony, where he fired an unknown number of shots.

Police returned fire, Borihanh said, but the suspect was not hit. The SWAT team was then called to the scene, and officers resumed contact with the man.

"Even though he fired rounds and we fired rounds, he still talked on the phone to us," Borihanh said.

The standoff ended about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday when the tear gas was used, Borihanh said. The man was in police custody.

The standoff was the second the LAPD responded to Monday. The first began about 6:30 p.m. when a Boyle Heights woman called 911 to say her son had threatened her at her home near 7th and Lorena streets, said Sgt. Peter Gamino of the LAPD Hollenbeck Station.

The man then used a refrigerator to barricade himself inside a kitchen, Gamino said. After several hours, the standoff ended about 2 a.m. when police used a Taser on the suspect as he stood in the front doorway.


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