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Alleged hoarder barricaded after firing at cops, inspectors

July 5, 2012 | 12:08 pm

A man has barricaded himself inside a Long Beach home after firing at code enforcement inspectors and police officers sent to his home to address hoarding complaints, police said.

Code enforcement officers arrived at the home, located in the 6100 block of John Avenue, about 8 a.m. Thursday with Long Beach police to serve an inspection warrant, said police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.

The inspectors and police were outside "determining their course of action" when a shot was fired from the residence, striking an inspector in the head, Pratt said.

Officers immediately took cover and the injured inspector was taken in a patrol car to an area hospital, Pratt said. His condition was not immediately known, but Pratt said he was expected to survive.

More officers were called to the location along with a SWAT team. Pratt said additional shots had been fired from the residence throughout the morning and it remained a "very active situation" late Thursday morning. Negotiators have attempted to make contact with the suspect, but were not  successful as of 11:30 a.m.

Pratt said no one else was believed to be inside the home.

Authorities used a reverse 911 system to notify residents in the area and have evacuated some, Pratt said.

Neighbors told KTLA-TV the man's home and yard are filled with "junk and other items," and the man has received several notices from the city to clean up the property. Pratt confirmed the residence "had been a problem for code enforcement over the past few years."


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