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Man Described As Mentally Ill Barricades Himself Inside South LA Home

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Police say a man who has mental illness has been holed up in his South LA home for several hours refusing to come out. (credit: CBS)

Police say a man who has mental illness has been holed up in his South LA home for several hours refusing to come out. (credit: CBS)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said a man wielding a butcher knife, who has been described as having mental problems, has barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles home.

Officers responding to a man with a knife call said the suspect refused to surrender. Police confirm the suspect was shot with a beanbag and a Taser before he barricaded himself inside his home.

The incident is taking place in the 200 block of West 85th Place.

The barricade situation started around 4:15 p.m., said Sgt Rudy Alaniz, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station.

A SWAT team was called in to try and resolve the standoff, Alaniz said.

Officials said the man is in contact with law enforcement.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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