La Crescenta Wireless Store Standoff Probe Continues

A man went into a store pharmacy, demanded a prescription and showed a gun before a standoff that ended with his suicide

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Nov 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:05 AM PDT
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Outrageous Black Friday Behavior

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Armed with a rifle, a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stands guard outside a La Crescenta Ralphs on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Next to the grocery store, a man with a gun barricaded himself inside a Verizon Wireless.

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Apparent Suicide Ends In-Store Standoff

After nearly six hours, a tactical team entered a Connect Wireless store Friday night to find an alleged robber "deceased apparently by his own hand," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crescenta Valley Station said. Kate Larsen reports from La Crescenta for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2013.

Man With Gun Barricades Self Inside Store

A La Crescenta shopping center was locked down on Black Friday after a man with a gun barricaded himself inside a wireless store, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department. Kate Larsen reports from La Crescenta for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2013.
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Deputies on Saturday continued to investigate a five-hour standoff at a Crescenta Valley strip mall, which ended with the apparent suicide of the suspected robber during the Black Friday shopping frenzy.

The drama began Friday about 4 p.m. when an armed man barricaded himself inside a Connect Wireless store hours after he allegedly held up a Rite Aid pharmacist at gunpoint and demanded a prescription, authorities said.

The dead gunman's name had yet to be released.

The incident prompted the shutdown of surrounding streets and the evacuation of businesses.

Shoppers were seen running from a Rite Aid and Ralphs. A SWAT team was called in with an armored vehicle.

The owner of Connect Wireless told NBC4 that two of her employees were inside the store when the man entered and threatened to take them hostage, but the workers ran out the front door the first chance they got.

The man was reportedly armed with two guns and a knife.

Members of the gunman's family were brought in to help sheriff's crisis negotiators convince him to give himself up.

The SWAT team entered the store about 9:40 p.m. Friday and discovered the man had killed himself, said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

It was not immediately known how the man took his life. No shots were fired by sheriff's deputies, they said.

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