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Northridge standoff ends in woman's arrest

May 3, 2011 |  7:41 am

A woman who held police at bay during a tense standoff on a residential street in Northridge was taken into custody Tuesday, authorities say.

The woman, who had not been identified by police, allegedly threatened her brother Monday evening, brandishing a rifle.

By early Tuesday morning, the home on the 17200 block of Devonshire Street had been surrounded by police and she had barricaded herself inside.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT team surrounded the property and officers fired multiple rounds of tear gas into the home, a police sergeant told KABC Channel 7.

The woman eventually walked out of the house and surrendered to police, said Officer Gregory Baek, a spokesman for the LAPD. Baek said the woman was possibly mentally ill.


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