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April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An hours-long standoff ended Friday when Los Angeles police arrested an armed, distraught man who had barricaded himself inside a Winnetka disabled veterans' hall and threatened to kill himself, authorities said. The man, who had not yet been identified by authorities, was distraught over a romantic relationship, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police took him into custody around 3 p.m. without firing a shot after multiple attempts to force him from the building.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An hours-long standoff ended Friday when Los Angeles police arrested an armed, distraught man who had barricaded himself inside a Winnetka disabled veterans' hall and threatened to kill himself, authorities said. The man, who had not yet been identified by authorities, was distraught over a romantic relationship, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police took him into custody around 3 p.m. without firing a shot after multiple attempts to force him from the building.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN
SWAT officers looking for two robbers stormed an Oxnard house Tuesday but found it empty. Police were looking for two men who robbed a Colonia Road liquor store about 9:30 a.m. Authorities say the robbers, at least one of them armed with a semiautomatic handgun, entered Boy's Market and demanded money. The pair grabbed a cell phone from a clerk and fled with $260 in cash. A witness told officers that the robbers ran into a nearby home on North Roosevelt Avenue in the La Colonia area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
A man who barricaded himself inside a home in Pico Rivera caused a brief standoff with Los Angeles County sheriff's SWAT officers Friday morning after authorities served a narcotics-related search warrant. The standoff in the 4800 block of Grape Street started about 7 a.m. and ended a few hours later when SWAT officers stormed the house. They emerged a short time later with the man handcuffed.  There were no hostages involved in the standoff and authorities did not immediately release the man's name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether members of its elite SWAT unit took advantage of their assignments to purchase large numbers of specially-made handguns and resell the weapons for steep profits, according to a report released Friday by the independent watchdog overseeing the department. The allegations, if true, could be a violation of federal firearm laws and city ethics regulations. The ongoing inquiry is the LAPD's second attempt to understand what happened with the handguns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
A lawyer representing the widow of Oxnard Police SWAT Officer James Rex Jensen Jr. plans to file a federal civil-rights lawsuit today against the department and its top officers asking for $15 million. Jensen was mistakenly shot and killed by fellow SWAT team member Sgt. Dan Christian in a botched drug raid last March 13. In November, the Ventura County district attorney's office released a report placing much of the blame for the shooting on Christian's shoulders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A four-hour standoff between San Diego police and a gunman entrenched in his former girlfriend's Mira Mesa home ended Friday when a SWAT officer shot the gunman with a rubber bullet, bringing him to his knees but not seriously injuring him, authorities said. Bill McHugh, 20, was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a wound to his left ear, and released into police custody, said hospital spokeswoman Edie High.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2008 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
The lone surviving brother of the youth who shot and killed LAPD SWAT Officer Randal Simmons expressed his condolences to the officer's family Tuesday and said his brother had been depressed. But Wilfredo Rivera, 27, said he could not explain the events that left his father, three brothers and Simmons dead. SWAT Officer James Veenstra was wounded in the incident. "The family is at a loss," said Rivera, an air-conditioning installer who had married and moved from the family home in Winnetka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1996 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Simi Valley Police Officer Michael Clark's widow fled weeping from the courtroom at the sight of her husband's bloody, bullet-torn uniform Tuesday, as prosecutors continued wading through testimony in the murder trial of Daniel Allan Tuffree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1992 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the police SWAT team rushed into the room after blowing apart the door, they found Rollen Frederick Stewart lying on a bed clad only in shorts, his hands clasped behind his head and a loaded .45-caliber pistol near his feet. "You didn't have to come in that way," Stewart said to two of the five Los Angeles police officers who stormed the room to end the religious fanatic's nine-hour siege Tuesday of a hotel room near Los Angeles International Airport.
NATIONAL
September 8, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A 107-year-old Arkansas man was killed by SWAT officers who responded to calls about a domestic disturbance, authorities said. The incident happened Saturday night in Pine Bluff, Ark., where Monroe Isadore had pointed a gun at two people inside a home, police said. Those two people left the house, but Isadore remained inside. When police identified themselves, he opened fire through the door of a bedroom, where he had taken refuge, Pine Bluff police spokesman Lt. David E. Price said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 15-hour standoff between SWAT officers and an armed man inside a home in the suburb of La Mesa ended early Tuesday when the suspect was found dead of an apparent suicide, authorities said. Several nearby homes were evacuated after a man inside the home, believed to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, fired multiple shots, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. A woman and three teenagers inside the home had fled after a domestic dispute between the woman and the 47-year-old man, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Residents of a Manhattan Beach neighborhood were evacuated early Saturday after reports of shots being fired in a nearby apartment building. Manhattan Beach police have cordoned off an area around Bayview Drive and 32nd Street, believing that a gunman might be barricaded inside the building, according to KTLA-Channel 5. SWAT officers were also on the scene. Firefighters were dispatched to the neighborhood after reports of a fire, and they noticed a bullet hole and blood near a residence, the news station reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers and the bomb squad have been called to South L.A., where a man opened fire Saturday morning on officers and then barricaded himself inside a house, police said. At about 10:20 a.m., officers responded to a call of man with a gun near 57th and Main streets, said Officer Norma Eisenman. The suspect, armed with a handgun, shot at the officers as they approached, according to Eisenman. One of the officers returned fire and the man retreated into a house on 57th Street, Eisenman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The man found dead in a Willowbrook home after allegedly shooting two Los Angeles police officers was identified Thursday by L.A. County coroner's officials. The body of Howard Partee, 33, of Willowbrook was found Wednesday after SWAT officers entered the home in the 2200 block of East 117 th   Street. The details of his death remain under investigation, according to the coroner's office. The suspected gunman was in the attic above the kitchen while police ordered people to leave the home about 7 p.m. Tuesday, LAPD Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
A man who shot two   Los   Angeles   police officers and holed himself up in a   Willowbrook   home is dead, police said Wednesday. The man -- who was not immediately identified -- was found dead Wednesday by SWAT officers who entered the home in the 2200 block of East 117 th   Street after having surrounded the home for more than 13 hours. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was killed in the initial gun battle with police or died during the subsequent standoff.
OPINION
April 3, 2008 | Jeffrey L. Greer and Mike Albanese, Capt. Jeffrey L. Greer is the commanding officer of the LAPD's Metropolitan Division. Mike Albanese is the lieutenant in charge of SWAT.
Changes to how the Los Angeles Police Department selects officers for its SWAT training program have prompted angry letters, disgruntled anonymous quotes in the newspaper and even a claim of unfair labor practices from the police officers union. These critics charge that the department has lowered the standards for entry into the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. What is missing in all that rhetoric are the facts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A man shot by SWAT officers after he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at them during a standoff remained in critical condition Wednesday, authorities said. Officers confronted the man Tuesday night at an apartment building on Topeka, where a woman said her husband had beaten her and then barricaded himself in a bedroom, Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield said. After the woman and her three children were escorted from the apartment, officers tried to talk to the man. SWAT officers tried to negotiate with him by telephone until about 11:40 p.m., when he appeared at the apartment door with a military-style assault rifle, Handfield said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Police stations across Los Angeles beefed up security Tuesday after two detectives in an unmarked cruiser were ambushed and injured outside the LAPD's Wilshire Division station. "While this seems like an isolated incident, out of an abundance of caution, all of our stations are on heightened alert," Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "That doesn't mean rifles out, but officers will be guarding stations. " Los Angeles Police Department officers were visible outside main headquarters in downtown Los Angeles and marked cars sat on perimeter streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The FBI is investigating whether members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT and Special Investigations Section units violated the law by purchasing large numbers of custom-made handguns and reselling them for profit, according to interviews. Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after LAPD officials alerted them to possible gun violations, multiple sources told The Times. The move comes after an earlier LAPD investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of officers.
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