LAPD responds to two standoffs; one still ongoing
Los Angeles police were called to two separate hours-long standoffs Monday night, one prompting a SWAT response and one still ongoing Tuesday morning.
The first incident began about 6:30 p.m. when a Boyle Heights woman called 911 to say her son had threatened her with a set of knives at her home near 7th and Lorena streets, said Sgt. Peter Gamino of the LAPD Hollenbeck Station.
The woman said she asked her son, who was described as being in his early 30s, why he was sharpening the knives, Gamino said.
His response? "This is for you," Gamino said.
The woman left the house and called police as the son used the refrigerator to barricade himself inside the kitchen, Gamino said. Officers arrived and began hours of conversation with the suspect through the home's windows.
At one point, Gamino said, the man threatened to use a gas line to blow up the house and kill police. Firefighters were called to the scene to shut off the gas.
The standoff ended about 2 a.m., Gamino said.
"Finally while he was at the front door taunting the officers, an officer shot him with a Taser through a window," Gamino said. "He went down, officers were able to bust down the door and get him."
The man was evaluated and arrested on charges of criminal threats, Gamino said.
The second incident began in West Los Angeles about 8:40 p.m., said Officer Diana Figueroa, and is still in progress.
Police were called to the 11400 block of Rochester Avenue near Butler Avenue in Sawtelle after a man with a gun barricaded himself inside, Figueroa said.
A SWAT team was called to the scene, FIgueroa said. No one else is believed to be inside the home.
— Kate Mather