Man Surrenders Peacefully After Lengthy Standoff in Valley Village

A suspect who barricaded himself in a home in Valley Village late Wednesday afternoon after police responded to the location to investigate a shots fired call was taken into custody after a more than four-hour standoff.

The standoff began about 5:30 p.m. in the 12300 block of Burbank Boulevard, between Whitsett Avenue and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A SWAT team was called in to try to bring the matter to a peaceful conclusion, police said.

The man was taken into custody about 9:45 p.m.

The suspect was believed to be intoxicated and officers waited for him to sober up before taking him into custody.

"This is the way we want all of these (standoffs) to end, no loss of life, no injuries," LAPD Capt. Don Graham said. "While the community is impacted, the reverence for life overcomes all of that, which is why we come out with the resources that we do."

Several nearby apartments were evacuated during the standoff. Those residents were allowed to return home Wednesday night.

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