Subject Dead After Armed Robbery Leads to South LA Standoff

Officers believed at least one hostage was being held after the attacker fled into a home

A suspected robber was killed during a standoff in South Los Angeles Tuesday, hours after he allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint outside a fitness center, authorities said.

The robbery was reported outside an LA Fitness in the 5900 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The intial report was received at about 5:30 a.m.

Police said the robber fled into a home in the 1000 block of W. 62nd Street.

At least two armored police vehicles responded to the South LA neighborhood and nearby streets were closed during the standoff.

"Officers approached the residence, the suspect exited the location with a possible firearm. At this point, the officer requested SWAT; SWAT responded, suspect then again does the same thing -- exits the residence with what appears to be a firearm and an officer-involved shooting occurs," said Sgt. Frank Preciado, with LAPD.

It was not immediately clear whether the subject exchanged gunfire with officers during the standoff, or what the relationship was between the alleged robber and those inside the home.

Los Angeles police told NBC4 officers were operating on information that a hostage was being held in the back of the home at the same time as people were walking out the front door.

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Neighbors said they saw multiple people exit the home during the ordeal, including a handcuffed man, a woman on a cellphone and an older man.

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