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Reseda barricade standoff: Suspect arrested

A standoff at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Reseda has ended with an arrest after more than seven hours.
April 25, 2014 9:59:01 AM PDT
A police standoff at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Reseda has ended with an arrest after more than seven hours.

Authorities responded to the Disabled American Veterans Hall in the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. Friday after the caretaker of the building called. The 52-year-old suspect was allegedly distraught over a relationship and threatened to take his life, police said. Crisis communicators said the man indicated he planned to harm himself.

Police said the man has a military background but does not qualify as a veteran and had visited the building before.

The LAPD Valley Bureau was placed on tactical alert for about two hours as SWAT officers responded to the scene.

The suspect broke a window during the standoff and even opened the door and stood outside the building briefly before going outside. SWAT officers were negotiating with the man.

Police fired several tear-gas rounds into the building, and SWAT officers threw canisters in through the windows by hand. The suspect managed to toss one of the canisters back out, forcing officers to back off.

The suspect was taken into custody at about 2:45 p.m.

Police began opening parts of the area to some residents and pedestrian traffic at about 3:30 p.m. Vehicle traffic was still still blocked.

It was earlier reported the standoff occurred in the Woodland Hills area. The incident occurred in Reseda.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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