A five-hour standoff that began after the discovery of a body outside a Northridge home ended Friday morning when officers took a man -- wounded by a self-inflicted gunshot to the face -- into custody.
Police, SWAT and the Los Angeles Fire Department were involved in the overnight standoff that forced evacuations in the neighborhood. The man barricaded himself in a residence following the discovery of dead woman in front of a home, police said.
Police confirmed that three children who belong to the deceased woman were taken into police protective custody.
The barricade situation ended at about 5:30 a.m. when the naked man was taken into custody and transported in an ambulance. The man shot himself in the face, but he is expected to survive, investigators said.
"We have a peaceful ending to a very tragic situation," said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman.
The subject of the standoff and the deceased woman were involved in a "domestic relationship," police said. Officers responded to the "family dispute" at 12:30 a.m. on the 19000 block of Kenya Street and found a dead woman outside of the house.
A neighbor told NBC4 he heard screams before police arrived and the sound of "three or four" gunshots.
Police and SWAT officers were posted outside of the residence during the barricade situation, attempting to coax the man out of the house.
The female shooting victim has not been identified. Her body remained at the location Friday morning.
About 12 homes were evacuated during the standoff. Residents were allowed to return to their homes after the standoff.
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