Culver City

Homicide Suspect Arrested After Pursuit and Barricade

A homicide suspect was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a pursuit from downtown Los Angeles to the Del Rey-Culver City area, where he abandoned a vehicle, broke into an occupied house and barricaded himself before being flushed out by officers firing tear gas cannisters, authorities said.

The man surrendered to a SWAT team about 6 a.m. after officers surrounded the residence in the 11000 block of Barman Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. His name was not immediately released.

The SWAT team had gotten the residents out of the house around 3:20 a.m., Officer D. Orris of the LAPD Operations Center said. That left the suspect inside the house alone and the home surrounded by SWAT team officers.

"Once they determined the suspect was inside and refused to come out, they determined that they would use (tear) gas, and introduced it into the residence," LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. "There was no communication at all with SWAT officers at the scene, and the only time they had communication with him was when he signaled to them and told them he was coming out." 

The chain of events began with a shooting about 11:55 p.m. Monday at Sixth Street and Maple Avenue, triggering a pursuit that ended with a crash at 12:23 a.m. around Berryman Avenue and Braddock Drive, police said.

The 36-year-old man shot downtown was taken to a hospital where he died, Orris said. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives. 

Officers found a passenger inside the suspect's vehicle who had been shot, Montgomery said. That person was taken to a hospital, where his vital signs were stable, the sergeant said.

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