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L.A. men arrested for allegedly pointing pellet gun at neighbors

July 14, 2012 |  9:57 am

Two Los Angeles men were in custody Saturday after a more than three-hour standoff with police that began with reports that the suspects were pointing a weapon at neighbors, police said.

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, but authorities said the firing of such a gun could still cause serious harm. “It can take out an eye,” said Sgt. Dino Caldera, watch commander in Newton Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. No shots were fired and no one was reported injured.

The two men’s identities were not released pending completion of their booking. They were being held on suspicion of making terrorist threats in the incident in the 700 block of East 43rd Street.

 A police SWAT team was called to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Friday and after a lengthy standoff, the two men finally surrendered to police around 10 p.m., Caldera said. He said the suspects apparently had been involved in “an ongoing dispute with the neighbors.”

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— Larry Gordon

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