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Man caught in drug sting barricades himself after pursuit

A man who led authorities on a pursuit across two counties Monday afternoon after a narcotics sting has barricaded himself in a Pacoima home, police said.

Authorities said two men and a woman were attempting to buy drugs, unaware the transaction was part of a sting by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. At some point during or after, the trio led CHP and other law enforcement officers on a pursuit from Ontario to Los Angeles.

Two of the suspects have been arrested, said LAPD Lt. Kamran Khan, but one of the men barricaded himself in a home in the 13000 block of Sunburst Street.

He is believed to be armed with a handgun, Khan said, and has been inside the vacant home since about 8 p.m.

It’s unclear why the trio, caught in a narcotics sting by undercover deputies, were able to get away. Asked if the sting was botched, Khan said he didn’t know.

“I don’t know what their game plan was on the sting,” he said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials could not be reached for comment.

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