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Woman wounded in shooting; suspect barricades himself in Tarzana apartment [Updated]

February 28, 2010 | 10:11 am

A man has barricaded himself inside a Tarzana apartment complex after shooting a woman and firing on police officers, authorities said.

Los Angeles police officers responded to an apparent domestic violence incident about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 18500 block of Hatteras Street and found a female victim with a gunshot wound, Officer Karen Rayner said. The officers were fired upon, but no one was hit.

The man refused to come outside, and a SWAT team was called to the scene, Rayner said. “They’re negotiating with him and seeking a peaceful resolution at this time,” she said.

The woman was transported to a hospital in serious condition. No other information was given.

[Updated at 11:33 a.m.: The apartment complex and surrounding area have been evacuated, and 15 displaced residents opted to go to Birmingham Senior High School in Van Nuys, where a shelter has been set up, Rayner said.

The gunman has continued to speak with a SWAT team negotiator. No shots from officers have been fired. Rayner said the initial call to police was made by a neighbor who reported a dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend.]

-- Corina Knoll

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