Six-Hour Standoff Ends in Jefferson Park

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    Held up on a roof, a man involved in a police standoff near Crenshaw appeared to be talking on a cellphone while law enforcement helicopters hovered above.

    A man wanted in connection with a homicide investigation was involved in a six-hour standoff on a Jefferson Park roof Tuesday night before he was taken into custody.

    The standoff started about 7:45 p.m., according to LAPD, which had multiple units at Crenshaw and West Adams boulevards. Shortly before 11 p.m., aerial, ground and K9 units were still surrounding the home in the 3500 block of 12th Avenue.

    Wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and jeans, the man looked as though he was talking on a cell phone as he paced around the roof of a what appeared to be a residence just south of the 10 Freeway, not far from Crenshaw.

    At one point, the man lifted his up shirt, apparently prompted to do so by law enforcement helicopters hovering above. He then crouched down and crept from edge to edge around the roof.

    Authorities placed fire-truck ladder against the roof in case the man chose to come down, but the ladder was removed at about 10:30 p.m. when the truck left the scene. The man was taken into custody after he fell as he tried to jump from rooftop to rooftop.

    The hours-long standoff drew noisy police and media helicopters into the residential area late into the night. Officer Karen Rayner with LAPD Media Relations Division said she was not sure whether nearby homes had been evacuated.

    It was not immediately clear how the man climbed onto the roof of the building, which appeared to be at least two stories tall.

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