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Standoff with sheriff's deputies near Lake Malibou

August 5, 2012 |  5:12 pm

This post has been corrected. Please see the note below.

Crisis negotiators are trying to contact a suspected armed man who was involved in a morning disturbance with his wife at their home south of Lake Malibou in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The woman fled the home and there may have been a shot fired, said Sgt. Mark Bock of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's station.

At about 10:40 a.m., law enforcement began to set up a secure perimeter around the home in the 2900 block of Paiute Drive. Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene as well as SWAT teams. Nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution.

Officers are concerned that the man is armed. He has not responded to attempts to contact him, which have been made by phone and by announcement from officers outside the home and from a helicopter, Bock said. The man is thought to be in the house by himself.

[For  the record, 5:28 p.m. Aug. 5: An earlier version of this post said law enforcement set up a secure perimeter around the home in the 29000 block of Paiute Drive. The residence was in the 2900 block.]

[For the record, 3:25 p.m. Aug. 6: An earlier version of this post misspelled Lake Malibou as Malibu.] 

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