House Catches Fire During East L.A. Standoff
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A fire broke out Wednesday morning at a home in East L.A. where a SWAT standoff had been going on for hours.
The fire started shortly after 8 a.m., after L.A. County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officers shot tear gas into the residence.
Authorities said it appeared the fire was started by the tear gas and the suspect was not inside the home.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m., when deputies responded to a call from the 1000 block of N. Alma Avenue about a person with a gun and shots fired.
When they arrived, they were told by a woman that she and her adult son had an argument, and her son was holding a gun.
The son then went into his bedroom and fired a weapon.
The suspect was seen walking throughout the residence, but he refused to comply with deputies’ commands to exit the home.
Authorities waited while they obtained a search warrant to enter the residence.
It’s not believed that the man is wanted in connection with any other crime. Police evacuated the surrounding residents as a precaution.