Hours-Long SWAT Standoff In Downtown L.A. Ends With Suspect Taken Into Custody [Updated]
Update [4:44 p.m.]: The suspect was taken into custody at 4:15 p.m. according to Detective Mike Lopez. The arrest happened with no use of force and a firearm was located.
Several streets remain closed in downtown Los Angeles as an hours-long standoff between SWAT officers and a suspected gunman barricaded in a building near the intersection of 8th and Santee streets continues. Officers first received a call just before 12 p.m. from a witness reporting shots fired at a moving vehicle in the area. The suspect, who is allegedly male and between 20 to 30 years old, barricaded himself in an apartment building, according NBC LA. Police directed traffic away from the area, with SWAT officers engaging in a standoff with the suspect. No one was hit by the gunfire, according to City News Service.
LAPD Officer Mike Lopez told LAist that an arrest has yet to be made, and that streets are closed for two blocks around the intersection of 8th and Santee in both directions.