A suspect is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong standoff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that closed surface streets and the 101 Freeway in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday.
The LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau entered the residence in the 2300 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard after “several hours and many verbal attempts” by negotiators to reach the barricaded person, department officials said in a news release at 1:45 p.m.
Authorities had been in the area since just after 8 a.m., when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were serving an eviction notice and a gunshot was heard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A little more than an hour after the shot was heard, LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau was brought in to assist with a barricaded suspect, the department announced.
During the standoff, nearby residents were evacuated and the California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert for the 101 Freeway, closing it in both directions for hours.
It was not until just before 1:30 p.m. that the freeway was reopened in both directions and the area near the scene was declared safe for residents to return.
During the closure, aerial footage from Sky5 showed long lines of traffic at a standstill in both directions of the freeway.