Eight-Hour Norwalk SWAT Standoff Ends, Armed and Dangerous Suspect Remains on the Run

The standoff began around 1 a.m. after a report of gunfire in a Norwalk neighborhood

An armed and dangerous man suspected of firing gunshots in a Norwalk neighborhood was being sought Monday after an eight-hour standoff overnight.

No injuries were reported in the standoff, which began about 1 a.m. when the sheriff's department received calls of shots fired in the 13300 block of Rosecrans Avenue, authorities said. Investigators later determined shots were fired at a business. 

No injuries were reported.

Arriving deputies saw a vehicle and followed it to the 14500 block of Claressa Avenue, where the driver got out and ran onto a residential property that included a house and a garage, the sheriff's department reported. The man lived at the location.

A sheriff's SWAT team responded, along with deputies from the Norwalk, Industry, Pico Rivera, Lakewood and Compton stations.

Investigators recovered a loaded handgun from the vehicle, and the property was surrounded, authorities said. The man was described being in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing a gray tank top and dark pants.

Crisis negotiators attempted to contact the man, and the SWAT team searched the property and determined about 8:50 a.m. that the man was gone.

"The suspect ... has been positively identified and is considered armed and dangerous," a sheriff's statement said. "The neighborhood has returned to normal operations."

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