A man was found dead inside a Pacific Palisades home after allegedly showing up intoxicated to see his estranged girlfriend and then opening fire following an argument, Los Angeles police said Thursday.
SWAT officers were called to a barricade situation that followed a shots fired call at the home in the 1600 block of Alta Mura Road around midnight Wednesday, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling said.
A woman who ran from the residence and contacted neighborhood security guards said her “on-again off-again” boyfriend had arrived at her home drunk and the two got into an argument.
The argument escalated into a domestic violence situation and then the man fired several rounds at her as she ran away, Wendling said.
The woman, who is the resident of the home, was not struck by the gunfire and was safe, Wendling said.
The man was still inside the home when officers arrived but had stopped responding after authorities initially made contact with him, Wendling said.
“He was just full of vulgarities … and now he’s not answering the phone,” Wendling said.
No one else was inside the home at the time of the shooting. Video from the scene showed multiple cans of tear gas being shot into the home, a large residence in a neighborhood of multimillion-dollar homes.
At one point, the man began shooting at officers who were outside the home, Lt. Chris Ramirez said. None of the officers were struck.
"After the officer-involved shooting, we maintained control of our containment. … Time’s on our side,” Ramirez said.
By late morning, officers went inside and found the man dead on the home's second floor, Ramirez said on scene.
LAPD's Force Investigation Division was working to determine if he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or an "officer-involved shooting," the lieutenant said.
The man's name was not immediately released.
"It's just tragic that somebody should be so unhappy that he could just do something like this to another person," neighbor Sabrina Schiller told KTLA.