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SWAT fires gas into home with armed man inside, LAPD says

April 29, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Map shows location where SWAT officers fired gas into a home during a standoff.
Map shows location where SWAT officers fired gas into a home during a standoff. (Google Maps )

Members of a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team were firing gas projectiles into a home Monday night after an hours-long standoff with a convicted felon who was allegedly armed with a gun, authorities said.

The suspect refused repeated commands to surrender after he ran into the home in the 21500 block of Grace Avenue following a pursuit and vehicle crash that began about 2:30 p.m in South Los Angeles, according to authorities.

"It looks like they've launched some kind of gas," LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva told The Times. "He's a felon. They are certain he has a firearm."

The man was observed driving erratically near Broadway and 43rd Street by officers who tried to pull him over. But the man allegedly refused to stop and drove south on the 110 Freeway. He ended up in Carson, where he crashed into a home on Grace Avenue, according to the LAPD. 

The suspect ran into an adjacent home where his girlfriend lived, police said. She came out with an infant but the suspect remained inside. He was still in there late Monday as officers filled the home with gas. 

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robert.lopez@latimes.com

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