K9 Helps Take Man Into Custody After Barricade Situation in Santa Monica

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A man was taken into custody by a K9 unit after initially barricading himself behind a dumpster near a car dealership in Santa Monica Friday morning.

Police were sent to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. for a disturbance call because a man was yelling and screaming in an alley, a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department stated.

Responding officers saw a light shining on them as they walked down an alley and noticed a man armed with what appeared to be a rifle.

The officers took cover and ordered the man to surrender, the news release stated.

The man did not comply and barricaded himself behind a dumpster instead.

A crisis negotiation team was called in and contacted the man, who told them he had multiple weapons.

The Police Department tweeted about the incident, asking the public to avoid the area.

"We are working a man armed with a weapon. Please avoid the area and shelter in place," a portion of the tweet sent at 4:45 a.m. read.

Eventually, the man set his weapon down allowing authorities to deploy a diversionary device and get him to run away.

Fearing he had other weapons, a K9 unit was deployed and caught the man.

The unidentified suspect, said to be in his late 30s, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for wounds he sustained by the K9, the news release stated.

The weapon was determined to be an Air Soft rifle, according to the Police Department.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the man had barricaded himself inside a car dealership. The story has been updated. 

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