A gunman who was involved in a shooting with police and barricaded himself inside a Hollywood motel for hours Thursday was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Details about how he died were not immediately available.
Officers went to the Motel 6 in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue about 11 a.m. to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon by someone armed with a handgun, Los Angeles police Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene.
Police made contact with the suspect and an officer-involved shooting occurred, Montgomery said. It was unclear if any shots were fired by the suspect, who retreated into a motel room, according to the sergeant. It was also unknown if the suspect was struck by any gunfire.
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Witnesses told reporters at the scene they heard screaming, followed by gunfire.
Police evacuated all five floors of the motel and set up a perimeter to keep people out of the area while a SWAT team was sent in. No injuries to officers were reported. Around 3 p.m., a SWAT unit was seen leaving the area.
A short time later, police announced the suspect had been taken into custody.
During the standoff, Whitley Avenue was closed near the hotel, along with a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, between Wilcox and Cherokee avenues.