Armed man taken into custody following Palms standoff

An armed man held police at bay at a parking structure in the 3100 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday, July 16, 2015.

An armed man was taken into custody after he threatened to shoot someone at a Big Lots store and then held police at bay at a nearby parking structure in Palms Thursday night, police said.

The standoff occurred in the 3100 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard.

The suspect claimed to have a shotgun, but was only armed with a knife, according to Los Angeles police Lt. John Jenal.

Employees and customers of the nearby Big Lots store were locked inside as a precautionary measure.

The California Highway Patrol temporarily closed the 405 Freeway on- and off-ramps at National and Venice boulevards and both directions of the 10 Freeway transition roads to the 405 Freeway.

He was taken into custody at about 9:45 p.m.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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