Pursuit driver suspected of having gun, Molotov cocktails in custody following standoff in Paramount

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A pursuit driver suspected of being armed with a gun and Molotov cocktails was taken into custody following a standoff with authorities in the Paramount area Thursday morning. 

The pursuit started about 7:45 a.m. in the Bellflower area near Lakewood Boulevard and Walnut Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Salles said.

The pursuit continued for some time, prompting officials at one point to go into surveillance mode, Salles, said.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on San Jose Avenue near Myrrh Street.

Sky5 was over the vehicle, a silver Acura with broken windows, amid a standoff with authorities.

The male suspect, who had climbed into the back seat of the vehicle after coming to a stop, apparently started burning things inside the car.

After the fire was out, the suspect remained inside the vehicle and refused to come out, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Video showed an armored vehicle arriving about 9 a.m. to assist in getting the suspect out of the car.

The Sheriff’s Department tweeted shortly after 11 a.m. that the suspect was in custody and the neighborhood was safe.

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