UPDATED: Man Barricades Himself in Retirement Center, Taken into Custody

A tactical alert has been called off, although the standoff continues.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 9:09 a.m. April 25, 2014. Edited to add new details.

A man who was believed to be armed with a shotgun was safely taken into custody today after holing up for more than seven hours in a veterans facility in Reseda.

Officers were sent to the facility at Corbin Avenue north of Victory Boulevard about 7:30 a.m., said Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department.

A SWAT team and crisis negotiators were also deployed, and homes surrounding the facility were evacuated.

Tear gas was used to flush out the suspect, who at one point lobbed a smoking canister back out a window at officers. He was taken into custody around 2:30 p.m.

LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said the facility's caretaker told police that the man, who is believed to be in his 50s, was "armed with a shotgun and was very distraught over a relationship issue ... that had happened."

"When the officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, they were able to do so through a closed window," Montgomery told reporters at the scene. "However, he refused to exit, and stated that he did, in fact, intend to harm himself. Recognizing that situation, the officers cleared that facility, and they contained the exterior, and notified ... the SWAT team ..."

Montgomery said he was told that the man, whose name was not immediately released, was "loosely associated with the veterans' facility, but I was advised that he is not a veteran."

As a precaution, the LAPD's Valley Bureau was placed on a Tactical Alert, but it was lifted after about two hours. During a tactical alert, officers can be held over beyond the end of their shifts.

--City News Service


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