DEL REY (CBSLA) – A man suspected of killing another man during a downtown Los Angeles shootout late Monday night — and then leading officers on a pursuit to Del Rey before crashing his car and breaking into a home where a family was asleep inside — was arrested Tuesday morning following a more than 5-hour standoff that saw officers swarm the normally quiet residential neighborhood.
The suspect was apprehended at around 6 a.m. after LAPD SWAT fired tear gas into the Del Rey home where he was barricaded inside. He surrendered peacefully.
One man was killed and a second wounded in the downtown L.A. shootout that preceded the pursuit and standoff. The wounded man was found in the passenger seat of the suspect’s car following the chase and crash.
The entire incident began just before midnight, when LAPD officers responded to a report of a shooting, at East 6th Street and Los Angeles Street near Skid Row, to find a man dead from gunshot wounds.
Police believe that, before he died, the victim shot and wounded the suspect’s passenger during the gunfire exchange.
As officers were responding, they spotted the suspect’s black Volkswagen Passat with paper plates speeding away from the area, prompting a pursuit.
The chase wound its way onto the 105 and 405 freeways, before the suspect exited the 405 Freeway in Culver City and eventually crashed into a parked car at Braddock Drive and Berryman Avenue a little before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The suspect, armed with a handgun, jumped out of the Passat and ran into the neighborhood. He then broke into a home in the 11500 block of Barman Avenue where five people — four adults and a baby — were asleep inside, police said.
The family was able to escape unharmed sometime before 4 a.m. Tuesday.
“The suspect collided with a parked vehicle, fled on foot, and barricaded himself in a residence here behind me,” LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters.
A heavy police presence descended on the neighborhood, with LAPD SWAT creating a perimeter around the home, shutting down nearby streets and evacuating surrounding homes.
“Well, we heard the police officers banging on our neighbor’s door here, my son woke up and saw outside,” neighbor Krisi Mills told CBS2. “He came and got my husband and I, and we just heard the helicopters.”
Meanwhile, the wounded passenger who was found in the suspect’s Passat was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.
“That suspect’s vehicle was later found to have a passenger inside who was suffering from gunshot wounds himself,” Montgomery said. “His status right now is listed as stable.”
Following the murder suspect’s arrest, investigators recovered a gun from the home, but investigators must conduct forensics on it to determine if it belongs to the suspect.
There is still no word on what sparked the shootout. No names have been released.