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Published on June 21, 2024
16-Hour Tarzana Standoff Ends as Suspect Found Dead from Self-Inflicted GunshotSource: Unsplash/Scott Rodgerson

An armed standoff that held the attention of Tarzana residents for nearly 17 hours has come to a somber close as a man involved in a domestic disturbance incident was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as reported Friday morning.

Initial calls to the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday around 10:30 a.m. led to an immediate response to the 5700 block of Etiwanda Avenue; there a suspect had barricaded himself inside an apartment following the disturbance call, escalating tensions with the police presence as the hours wore on, CBS Los Angeles disclosed details of the prolonged standoff. As the situation unfolded, some apartment residents were evacuated to ensure safety while a SWAT team worked to negotiate a surrender.

Despite efforts to de-escalate, the standoff stretched into the early hours of Friday until the LAPD, just before 1 a.m., suggested the man might not even be armed, an evident shift in the understanding of the situation; however, the tragic resolution came at 2:30 a.m. when the LAPD reported the suspect deceased from the gunshot wound he apparently inflicted upon himself, as CBS Los Angeles confirms.

Corroboration of the incident's end came from LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes who said the suspect was found dead at 3 a.m. inside the residence, this detail was shared with the public by City News Service, according to a Daily News report police have yet to release further information regarding this incident or the circumstances leading to the initial confrontation.