Deputies shot and killed a man early Sunday after he barricaded himself inside a mobile home in Palmdale overnight while threatening SWAT team members with a gun, officials said.
The incident began about 9:15 p.m. Saturday when authorities were notified a man wanted on a warrant in an assault with a deadly weapon case had been spotted inside a trailer in the 4000 block of Karling Place, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Information Bureau said in a written statement.
"When the deputies attempted to make contact with the male adult suspect, the suspect told them he was not going to come out and that he was armed," she said. "Shortly thereafter, the suspect exited the trailer and pointed a firearm at the deputies. A deputy-involved shooting occurred and the suspect then retreated and barricaded himself inside the trailer."
The Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau, or SWAT team, responded to take charge of the scene. Crisis negotiators were also summoned and spent hours attempting to talk the suspect into surrendering.
"The suspect refused to cooperate and continued to verbally threaten SEB deputies with a firearm," according to Navarro-Suarez.
Deputies threw a "diversionary device" into the trailer in an effort to apprehend him, she said.
"During the attempt(ed) resolution effort, the suspect exited for a second time and a second deputy-involved shooting occurred," Navarro-Suarez said.
The wounded suspect fled back into the trailer and was ultimately found dead from gunshot wounds about 5 a.m. Sunday.
Coroner's officials withheld his name pending positive identification and notification of family.
None of the deputies were hurt in the incident, Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said. No other injuries were reported.
No further details were released.
Bystander Isidro Figueroa described hearing shots before deputies descended on the street.
"They asked us to evacuate right away," Figueroa said.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau are spearheading the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.