Gunman Killed in Boyle Heights Standoff Shootout

A carjacking led to the four-hour standoff at an apartment complex

By Reggie Kumar and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:58 AM PDT
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A carjacking led to a nearly five-hour standoff overnight at a Boyle Heights apartment. Cameras captured the sound of gunfire as SWAT members entered the building early Tueseday. Reggie Kumar reports from Boyle Heights for Today in LA on Tuesday April 30, 2013.

A carjacking led to a nearly five-hour standoff overnight at a Boyle Heights apartment. Cameras captured the sound of gunfire as SWAT members entered the building early Tueseday. Reggie Kumar reports from Boyle Heights for Today in LA on Tuesday April 30, 2013.

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The subject of a four-hour standoff died early Tuesday after exchanging gunfire at a Boyle Heights apartment with members of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department SWAT unit.

No deputies were injured in a operation in the 500 block of Fairview Street near Bridge Avenue (map). The standoff began at about 10:30 p.m. after a carjacking and pursuit in East Los Angeles.

The driver of the vehicle called 911 to report the carjacking. The car was abandoned at an apartment complex before the subject broke into a residence.

"He actually forced his way into an apartment," said Lt. Eddie Hernandez, of the LA County Sheriff's Department. "The occupants in the apartment barricaded themselves in the bathroom and called 911."

The occupants eventually escaped through a bathroom window.

SWAT members threw tear gas canisters into the apartment after the 33-year-old subject opened fire, according to the sheriff's department. SWAT members wearing gas masks then entered the building and exchanged gunfire with the gunman, who died at the scene, according to authorities.

The man fired at least two rounds at deputies, according to the sheriff's department.

Evacuations were ordered during the standoff. Law enforcement agents and vehicles remained at the location Tuesday morning.

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