Man taken into custody after barricading self in South L.A. liquor store for hours

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A man surrendered to authorities after several hours of barricading himself inside a liquor store in the Florence-Firestone area of unincorporated South Los Angeles Friday, officials said.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said deputies received reports of three people who were assaulted with a deadly weapon about 4:05 p.m. Deputy Miguel Meza-Palomo, a public information officer for the agency, said the incident began with a woman reporting to police that a man had pulled a long gun on her son.

Based on the vehicle description provided by the woman, police located the car and ran its plates to discover that it had been used in a past carjacking, Meza-Palomo added.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but instead of stopping, the driver exited the car, ran into a liquor store in the 6500 block of Holmes Avenue and barricaded himself in the store with three people still inside, officials said.

After a few hours, the three people inside the store when the standoff began were freed, and the man surrendered and was taken into custody “without further incident,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

Meza-Palomo said the long gun was determined to be a BB gun, though a pistol was also recovered.

No further information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Century Station at 323-568-4800. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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