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Police close down a block along Barrington from Mississippi to La Grange Thursday night after reports of a gunman.
Photo by Roger Morante
Police close down a block along Barrington from Mississippi to La Grange Thursday night after reports of a gunman.

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Police Surround Gunman in House

Los Angeles Police Officers gather in front of a house at 2014 South Barrington on Thursday night.  According to LAPD officers at the scene, there is a gunman inside of the house.
Photo by Roger Morante
Los Angeles Police Officers gather in front of a house at 2014 South Barrington on Thursday night. According to LAPD officers at the scene, there is a gunman inside of the house.

Posted May. 31, 2012, 3:34 pm

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

The Los Angeles Police Department responded in full force after reports of a gunman inside a residence at 2014 South Barrington in Los Angeles on Thursday night around 10:15 pm.

According to an LAPD police officer at the scene, there was a gunman inside the house.

The entire block along Barrington from Mississippi to La Grange was shut down and a large number of police were at the scene.

A police force consisting of a special weapons and tactics division (S.W.A.T.) arrived at the scene around 11:25 pm.

Police went door to door asking nearby residents to move out of the area around midnight citing safety reasons.

According to an LAPD officer who asked residents to evacuate from their houses, a man had barricaded himself inside a garage with a gun.

LAPD began allowing some residents along Barry Ave. back into their houses at their own risk around 2 am.

S.W.A.T. cars left the scene around 2:45 am and the streets have been re-opened to car traffic.

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May. 31, 2012, 5:28:06 pm

John M. said...

We live on Barry, the street just east of Barrington. Around midnight, the police told us to evacuate. If anyone knows when it is safe to return, we would be glad to know.

May. 31, 2012, 5:56:12 pm

Carly said...

Turns out he had a bomb and some AK-47s. It's all over now THANK GOD, I can finally actually sleep

May. 31, 2012, 6:47:21 pm

Douglas said...

Carly - did someone say it was over or did the helicopters just leave? Parking Enforcement is still blocking the streets.

May. 31, 2012, 6:50:39 pm

John M. said...

Carly, I talked to the police and they didn't say anything about a "bomb" or "AK-47s," or even that it was "all over now." Can you tell us where you got this information? We live far enough away from the house so that the police have allowed us to return. But both Barry and Barrington are blocked off to car traffic, and the police are not letting people return if they live too close to the house where the standoff is.

Jun. 1, 2012, 2:55:17 am

James D said...

This article is somewhat underwhelming. Was the man arrested? What for? Why were the police called in the first place? Was it not his garage that he was "baracaded" in?

Jun. 1, 2012, 4:11:48 am

Rosse said...

This was so INSANE last night. We live on the block on Barry that was blocked off. They asked us to leave...the gave us no information and told us we were not safe in our homes...so they threw us out on the street for hours...no one told us we could go back inside the house....the police really handled that poorly. I called WLA Police department today and after all that last night, they told me it was just an "insane" person. WHAT? They couldn't figure that out without evacuating us all for hours? Does anyone have other information about this. I'm really angry over not sleeping all night and no communication from the Police!!!

Jun. 1, 2012, 9:22:36 am

Douglas said...

I have to agree this was handled very poorly by the police. The correct response would have been to knock on people's doors and tell them to lock their homes up and call 911 if they hear anything unusual. Instead they took people out of the safety of their home and put them as little as 20 feet away OUTSIDE on the corner in the wide open. There were families with children past midnight. This isn't a fire, this is a man supposedly with a gun.... totally the wrong action. I would not leave my home next time. Though chances are it will never happen again. Whoever planned this on the LAPD should be reviewed.

Jun. 1, 2012, 8:29:12 am

Anne R. said...

I live in the block of La Grange that was shut down and the SWAT vehicles were right in front of my house. No one asked us to move. My neighbor told me this morning that she heard it was a homeless transient guy with a "toy gun." Don't know if this is true or not. After the chopper left,it was silent for awhile, and then we heard 3 shots at around 1 am. SWAT was on scene for about another hr.

Jun. 1, 2012, 9:29:47 am

Rosa said...

We just took a walk down to the house where it all took place, 2014 Barrington Avenue. The owner was there, and he told us the story. Apparently, the homeless guy moved into his garage by getting into the laundry room door and he barricaded himself for a day or so and the Police were called because the owner saw that he had what appeared to be a rifle but was an old bibi gun sitting in the garage...so after all of us left our homes for nothing this was no threat at all. It still smelled of tear gas and they shot through the garage to get him out. I can't believe we left our home and didn't sleep all night. This WAS POORLY HANDLED and why would the Police think we would be safe outside our homes on the street in the cold and any gunshot could affect us more out there than inside our homes. I agree that we should speak up to the Police as this could not have been handled more poorly and I also, will never listen to the Police again. We were really convinced we were in danger, and I knew we weren't. So crazy...I hate to see if really bad happened, how they would handle that!! CRAZY. I live on the 2000 block of Barry Avenue.

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