Suspect Shot, Killed in Boyle Heights Standoff – Wendy Burch Reports
BOYLE HEIGHTS, Calif. (KTLA) — An hours-long standoff in Boyle Heights ended with a suspect being shot and killed by police early Tuesday morning.
Homicide investigators say the suspect — identified as a 33-year-old man — went on a criminal rampage Monday night.
It all began when the suspect, armed with a pistol, carjacked a black Acura Integra in East L.A.
Deputies spotted the car a few hours later, and a high speed pursuit ensued through the area.
The chase ended in the 500 block of Fairview Avenue, where the suspect bailed out of the car on foot.
He fired at deputies and then ran into a random apartment building.
The suspect went into an apartment unit, and the two residents barricaded themselves inside a bathroom, police said.
For the next few hours, hostage negotiators tried to get the suspect to surrender peacefully.
Authorities said that, at one point, the suspect even fired his pistol at a police K-9.
Deputies evacuated a number of people from the apartment building during the standoff.
The residents who were barricaded inside their bathroom were able to climb out a window with the help of a rescue team. They were said to be okay.
The standoff continued until about 4 a.m., when tear gas was thrown into the apartment.
Special Enforcement Bureau Team members then made entry into the apartment. More gunfire was exchanged, and the suspect was hit.
He was treated at the scene, but later pronounced dead.
The identity of the suspect has not been released, and it wasn’t clear if he had a prior criminal record. The investigation is ongoing.