SWAT Team Responds to Possible Hostage Situation in Whittier

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SWAT officers were on the scene of an apartment building in Whittier where a man had been believed to be holding a woman hostage on Thursday evening.


A SWAT team was responding to a possible hostage situation in Whittier on April 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Police were called to the scene of a disturbance reported in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue (map) at about 4 p.m., according to Lt. Mike Przybyl of the Whittier Police Department.

Arriving officers found several windows broken out of the home and heard yelling, Przybyl said. 

A man was believed to be inside the home holding a woman hostage, but the relationship between them was not clear, he said.

A SWAT team from the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department was on scene.


A woman was pulled from a window after a child was removed. (Credit: KTLA)

Aerial video showed an officer pulling a child and then a woman from a window in a neighboring apartment, and dozens of officers remained on scene, surrounding the apartment complex.

A nearby Boys & Girls Club was on lockdown, a membership coordinator said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino and Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this article.