Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Man Strips Naked Atop Balcony in Police Standoff

A man believed to be armed with a semi-automatic handgun barricaded himself inside a Hacienda Heights home Tuesday afternoon.

Around 12:45 p.m. police received a call of the man possibly firing a weapon inside the home at 16616 Carriage Place, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Industry station said.

Neighbors were evacuated from their homes as police tried to negotiate with the man. At one point, the shirtless suspect could be seen exiting a window onto a balcony toward the front of the home before going back inside.

At one point, he exited through the side of the house and began tossing clothes onto the front yard before once again going back inside. He then went to the back of the house and began yelling at officers through another open window.

The suspect took his shorts off and continued to shout and gesticulate at officers when he returned toward the front of the house and perched himself yet again atop the balcony. At one point, he also pulled down his boxers before tossing what appeared to be bottles down at officers.

The LASD's Special Enforcement Bureau and Crisis Negotiation Team were on-site to try to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution, the Sheriff's Information Bureau said in a news release.

The standoff finally came to an end around 4:13 p.m. when an officer entered the home and threatened to release a police K9 on the suspect as he stood on the balcony. Officers surrounded the man on the other side of the balcony and raised a ladder to him until he complied and climbed down.

He was immediately arrested.

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