South L.A. Shooting, 6-Hour Barricade Ends With Suspected Gunman in Custody

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A suspected gunman is in custody Monday after a six-hour standoff with authorities in the unincorporated Westmont area of South Los Angeles.

The incident began about 11 p.m. Sunday night when a man got into a dispute with a woman at an apartment building in the 1300 block of West 97th Street.

At some point during the dispute, the man went into his apartment to retrieve a gun then went out onto his balcony and began shooting at the tenants below, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Vincent Plair said. No one was struck by the gunfire, Plair said.

Authorities were called to the scene after the man had barricaded himself inside his apartment with another woman.

Neighboring apartments and homes were evacuated while authorities attempted to contact the man, who was identified only as a man in his 40s.

Authorities eventually deployed a diversionary device and then gas, Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The gas led to the suspect exiting the apartment at about 4:40 a.m. and being taken into custody without further incident, Plair said.

The woman also exited the apartment and was detained as investigators determine her role in the incident, if any.

The gun believed to have been used in the incident was found at the scene.

The location of the original woman involved in the altercation is unknown.

Neighbors evacuated due to the shooting were allowed to return to their residences, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Anyone with further information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-820-6700. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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