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SWAT Tears Down Garage Door to End Pacific Palisades Standoff

A pursuit that wound through Santa Monica ended in a crash before the standoff in the coastal community

An overnight standoff ended Monday morning in the Westside community of Pacific Palisades when SWAT members used an armored vehicle to remove a garage door before taking a man hiding inside into custody.

The manhunt that led to the detached garage in the 400 block of Lombard Avenue began after a pursuit driver in a stolen vehicle crashed and opened fire on officers. When tear gas failed to flush out the man, SWAT members used an armored vehicle to ram through the garage door, then pulled it to the ground. 

"Our SWAT officers found him lying in one of the vehicles," said LAPD Commander Blake Chow. 

A man inside walked out and surrendered a few minutes later. A handgun was found inside the garage, police said.

The pursuit involving a stolen Honda CR-V wound through West Los Angeles and the Santa Monica area before the driver crashed into at least one parked car in Pacific Palisades. The driver ran from the vehicle, jumped a fence and fired at least one round at officers before entering the garage, police said.

Officers were not struck by gunfire and did not return fire, according to police.

SWAT officers also helped family members get out of a home after the man tried to break into the residence, police said. No injuries were reported.

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