West Hollywood Man Arrested After 5-Hour Barricade

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - A man fired shots while holed up for about five hours today in an apartment building in West Hollywood, causing traffic gridlock in a heavily traveled area of the city.

The ordeal began at 12:20 p.m. at a high-rise in the 900 block of North Doheny Drive, just south of Sunset Boulevard, Deputy Wally Bracks of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said. A sheriff's Special Weapons Team and a crisis negotiation team were summoned at 1:20 p.m.

The standoff may have stemmed from a landlord/tenant dispute, officials said.

“Upon arrival, deputies heard gunshots inside the location,” Bracks said.

Reports from the scene indicated the man was nude and had thrown numerous objects from a first- or second-floor apartment and fired shots during the standoff, but no injuries were reported.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody without incident about 5:30 p.m.

“After several hours and many verbal attempts by LASD Crisis Negotiations Team Members to persuade the suspect to surrender, he refused to comply,” Bracks said. “SEB deputies successfully deployed a chemical agent and breached the door at which time the suspect was taken into custody.”

Doheny Drive was shut down in the area and Sunset Boulevard was impacted, according to reports from the scene. It was reopened about 6:30 p.m.

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