Man Presumed Mentally Ill Barricaded in Venice Store

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VENICE (CNS) - A man presumed to be mentally ill barricaded himself inside a market along Ocean Front Walk in Venice Wednesday.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the man began breaking glass inside the business in the 1100 block of Ocean Front Walk shortly after 1 p.m., then holed up inside the store.

Ocean Front Walk was closed in the area as police gathered outside. A witness told KNX News the man had been talking incoherently before entering the market, and people scrambled from the store when he went inside.

A mental-health negotiation team was dispatched to the scene in hopes of talking the man out of the store, but the standoff was continuing as of 4 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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