An investigation Friday afternoon into a suicidal man at a home in Sherman Oaks turned into a possible barricade situation when arriving officers heard gunshots, but the man was later found dead inside the residence of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to the 4600 block of Burnet Avenue, near the intersection of Sepulveda and Ventura boulevards, and upon arriving at the location heard gunshots, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The home was cordoned off, nearby residences were evacuated and a SWAT team and crisis negotiators were summoned to the location to deal with what was being treated as a barricade situation, police said.
"Certainly tragic consequences," said LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein, "it could've been worse because there were people around, people knocking on the door as it was all happening."
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Police announced around 9:20 p.m. that the suspect had been found dead inside the home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name and age were not immediately released.