Standoff In NoHo Ends Peacefully As Man Is Taken Into Custody By Police [Updated]
A man with an assault rifle is barricaded in the 11600 block of Hartsook Street in North Hollywood and possibly inside a house after leading the police on a high-speed chase for almost two hours on L.A. freeways.
The incident began as a domestic violence call in the Hollenbeck area around 10:15 a.m. The suspect led police on a high-speed chase through the 10, 101, 110, 5, and 170 freeways, according to the LA Times. At times, the suspect's maroon Nissan Altima exceeded speeds of 100 mph.
The suspect exited the 170 freeway in North Hollywood and took off on foot near the intersection of Hartsook Street and Magnolia Boulevard. Brandishing his assault rifle, panicked pedestrians ran away from the suspect as he ran through the streets and were thankfully unharmed.
The suspect, dressed in all-white, then walked into a backyard in the 11600 block of Hartsook Street where he then climbed atop a backyard garage for a short while. He then climbed down and possibly barricaded himself inside a nearby house, outside of the view of TV news helicopters overheard.
The LAPD have established a perimeter in the neighborhood, and closed off Magnolia Boulevard.
Several schools, including Oakwood Secondary School on the same block, are currently on lockdown.
Update [3:40 p.m.]: The standoff ended peacefully at 3 p.m. as the SWAT team fired tear gas into the house the suspect was holed up inside. The suspect ran into the backyard, without the weapon he was seen brandishing before, where he was met by police and and was arrested without any incident as he lay himself on the ground as instructed.
The man, described only as a Hispanic male in his 40s, had a warrant out for his arrest after making "terrorist threats" against his former girlfriend a few days ago. The pursuit that occurred this morning started when he was spotted sitting outside of her home, according to the L.A. Times.
In addition to the warrant for the criminal threats, police are also looking to charge the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer after he pointed his assault rifle at pursuing police cars while on the freeway, and could possibly also levy an attempted murder charge with reports that he may have fired his gun on the 5 freeway. ABC7 is reporting that authorities will be shutting down southbound 5 at the 170 to look for shell casings.
The hours-long standoff this afternoon resulted in many schools in the area being locked down, with the adjacent Oakwood Secondary School being evacuated around 1:30 p.m.