Armed Man Barricades Himself Inside NoHo Apartment After Stabbing Neighbor’s Dog: Police

Los Angeles police are shown at the scene of a barricaded suspect in North Hollywood on October 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles police are shown at the scene of a barricaded suspect in North Hollywood on October 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A North Hollywood apartment complex was evacuated after a man allegedly stabbed a neighbor’s dog and barricaded himself inside a unit on Saturday, leading to a standoff of more than six hours, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police were called to the complex in the 7100 block of Fulton Avenue around 11:46 a.m.

A young man who lives in the building was suffering mental health issues that elevated to a “crisis,” and he harmed himself with kitchen knives, threatened a neighbor and stabbed the neighbor’s dog, according to police Capt. Don Graham.

SWAT officers responded and tried to negotiate with the man, who had retreated into an apartment he shares with his father, said Graham, who is commanding officer of the LAPD’s North Hollywood Division. Negotiations were “very, very difficult” due to the man’s mental state, Graham said.

Using “automated means,” police cornered the young man in a bedroom and then deployed gas into the room, the captain said. The man then came outside and peacefully surrendered.

The standoff lasted nearly six hours before the man was taken into custody around 7 p.m.

The neighbor took the injured dog to get medical care, and the animal’s condition was not known as of Saturday night, Graham said.

Areas surrounding the apartment were evacuated during the standoff, police added. No officers or bystanders were injured during the incident.

Graham noted that some may question why it took police so long to take the man into custody, or why officers expended so much effort.

“The important thing here is the Los Angeles Police Department does value every life. Every life does matter,” Graham said. “When we bring resources like this to one person in distress, I think it sends a very clear message that we want every possible option so that these incidents end like they did today – where he comes out, surrenders and he can get the help he needs.”