Barricade Situation Ends ‘Peacefully’ Following Gang Sweep in Westlake

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A barricade situation involving possibly armed individuals ended "peacefully" following a gang sweep in Westlake Thursday morning.

A detained man is seen on a Westlake sidewalk following a gang sweep on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A detained man is seen on a Westlake sidewalk following a gang sweep on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The situation began as officials served felony search warrants in relation to an MS-13  gang sweep, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. It was not known what the search warrants were for.

At least one person who was possibly armed was suspected of being barricaded near South Hoover Street and James M Wood Boulevard, LAPD officials at the scene said around 5:30 a.m.

One evacuee told KTLA she awoke to the sound of a helicopter, then officials asking people to come out of a building.

At one point, a man jumped out of the window and was apprehended,  Nadia Smalley said.

Smalley stayed at the scene, but said other locals were put onto a Metro bus and taken to a safe location.

Westlake residents were evacuated during a gang sweet on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Westlake residents were evacuated during a gang sweet on Dec. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Shortly before 7 a.m., the sound of six loud bangs could be heard at the scene and two men were seen being taken away from a residence.

The men then sat on a sidewalk, apparently handcuffed, near multiple law enforcement officials.

Smalley said the situation was scary, but she was glad it ended the way it did.

“Because these gentlemen were young, they were youngsters. They didn’t deserve anything other than being brought to justice. I’m glad it ended peacefully,” she said.

 

KTLA's Alberto Mendez and Irving Last contributed to this report.