SYLMAR (CBSLA) – A SWAT team surrounded a Sylmar home Thursday where a man possibly armed with a knife was holed up.

capture39 Police, Man Armed With Knife Involved In Hours Long Standoff

(Jon Baird/KNX 1070)

Los Angeles police initially reported that officers responded to the home in the 14000 block of Nurmi Street at 10:48 a.m. on a report of a father brandishing a knife in the presence of his children.

SWAT was called to the scene. Two young children, ages 3 and 7, were believed to be inside, along with their mother, police reported. However, just after 2 p.m., police on scene told CBS2 the man was alone. Police did not elaborate if the children escaped, or were never with him in the first place. The circumstances were unclear.

The man may have placed the knife to his own throat at one point, police added.

Negotiators were attempting to talk to the suspect.



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