Woman Taken Into Custody After Body Found in Backyard

A woman was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a brief standoff that began after a body was discovered in the backyard of a home in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers received reports of a woman in dark clothing attempting to dispose of a body in the 800 block of 173rd Street Wednesday morning. 

Gardena police responded to the call and discovered the body of a man who appeared to have been dead for awhile. A homicide investigation was launched, authorities said. 

News reports from the scene showed what appeared to be a body wrapped in black and placed on a  dolly. The body was positioned over a wall, as if it were about to fall into a wash located behind the home. 

The woman refused to leave the home, forcing a standoff with police. SWAT officers were called in to assist with the incident. 

The unidentified woman surrendered to police around 12:30 p.m. and was taken into custody by the LAPD.

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