Machete-Wielding Suspect Surrenders After 7-Hour Standoff

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A man armed with a machete surrendered to police early Wednesday morning following a seven-hour standoff.

The standoff started around 10 p.m. Tuesday after authorities received calls about a man threatening several people with a machete at an apartment building in the 1700 block of North Fuller Avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Oliviero Bozzi, eventually threw the sword into the complex’s pool before he barricaded himself inside his fifth-floor unit, police said.

The apartment building was evacuated as a precaution.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The standoff ended around 5 a.m. after SWAT officers fired at least six rounds of a tear gas-like agent into the apartment.

“We introduced a chemical agent . . . to try to drive him out. It failed to work, even though we introduced several series of them. So ultimately we had to breach the door, go inside and basically had to get him,” Cpt. Duane Hayakawa said.

Bozzi was treated for unknown injuries before he was transported to a local hospital. He was later booked for making criminal threats.

A search of Bozzi’s apartment resulted in the discovery of several weapons.

No shots were fired in the incident.

A motive for the incident was unknown.

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