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Armed Man Barricades Self In Downtown Apartment Building, SWAT Team At The Scene

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A man armed with a gun barricaded himself in a downtown building on Monday afternoon, leading police to evacuate nearby businesses. A SWAT team is currently on the scene and the incident remains ongoing. The building is on 2nd Street just east of Alameda Street near Little Tokyo, and there are some street closures in the area.

LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told LAist that the man, who is described as a white male, first barricaded himself in the fourth floor apartment at around 1:20 p.m. According to KNX's Claudia Peschiutta, authorities have said that the man is possibly suicidal or mentally ill.

"We expect everybody from the area to stay away," Lopez told LAist.

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