Domestic violence call turns to SWAT standoff in Norwalk
A domestic violence call has devolved into a nine-hour SWAT team standoff in front of a Norwalk house involving what sheriff’s deputies believe is an armed gunman barricaded inside.
SWAT team members are on scene, but deputies have backed off the house near the corner of Norwalk Boulevard and Mapledale Street after hearing what they believe was the sound of a shotgun being loaded, said Sgt. Marc Boskovich of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Norwalk station.
Deputies are investigating the whereabouts of the person who reported a domestic violence incident around 2 a.m. As of about 11 a.m., no shots had been fired and no injuries had been reported, Boskovich said, though he was unclear on whether deputies had ordered any evacuations and did not know how many deputies were on scene.
Boskovich said deputies are still trying to coax any gunman and victims out of the home.
According to The Times' Mapping L.A., from March 12, 2012 to Sept. 9, 2012, there have been 191 violent crimes in the Norwalk area. The crime rate there is higher than in nearby South Whittier, Bellflower and Artesia and lower than Cerritos.
— Matt Stevens
Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Mapping L.A.