Foul: Man With Knife Tackled On Staples Center Court
Police and security guards engaged a knife-wielding man in standoff Saturday morning on the basketball court of the Staples Center less than two hours before the LA Clippers were set to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Associated Press reported.
Via Yahoo! News:
"About 25 arena security guards descended on the man shortly after he was spotted walking onto the court with a knife and kept him surrounded until police arrived. He eventually made his way to the visiting bench, which he stood in front of while talking to three Los Angeles police officers who had their guns drawn on him from approximately 20 feet away, at different angles. Police tackled and detained the man at 11:20 a.m. after he made a move toward a tunnel leading off the court. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted out of the area by the police."
Spectators who had already arrived were evacuated during the roughly hour-long standoff, reports the AP, and players in their locker rooms were instructed to stay put. A police spokeswoman told that authorities that LAPD first received the report of a man with a knife from an off-duty officer around 11:00 a.m.