L.A. Lockdown, Armed Uber Passenger Sparks SWAT Standoff in Mount Washington

L.A. Lockdown, Armed Uber Passenger Sparks SWAT Standoff in Mount WashingtonSource: Google Street View
Gabriela Martinez
Published on November 29, 2023

Chaos erupted in the streets of L.A. this morning as Los Angeles Police Department officers found themselves in a tense standoff with an armed Uber passenger, barricaded in a vehicle in the serene Mount Washington neighborhood. The situation kicked off at approximately 7:35 a.m. on the 4500 block of Marmion Way, near Museum Drive.

According to a KTLA report, the Uber driver played the crucial role of informant, bravely reaching out to the police to report the dangerous passenger armed with a gun. The driver miraculously made it out of the vehicle to quickly alert the authorities, while the armed individual decided to remain inside, forcing a barricade.

Responding officers, both from the Northeast Area and the TSD, swiftly descended upon the scene at 7:38 a.m., with LAPD News revealing on X that the suspect was indeed considered barricaded. Not long after, the LAPD's SWAT was called in to manage the situation.



The standoff continued to disrupt the city's pulse. Rail service near the incident was brought to a halt, as mentioned in a Metro social media alert, and bus service was scrambled to accommodate stranded commuters. A police negotiator had managed to make contact with the suspect by 9:45 a.m. in an attempt to peacefully resolve to diffuse the intensifying situation. Marmion Way was subsequently sealed off between Museum Drive and Avenue 45, with officers strategically positioned.