Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Story updated at 6:35 a.m., Nov. 24, 2014

A possibly suicidal man who barricaded himself inside a home in Sylmar for about 7 1/2 hours was taken to a hospital Monday for a mental evaluation after a Los Angeles police SWAT team fired tear gas into the residence to flush him out, authorities said.

The man, who is in his 60s, was in custody as of 12:45 a.m., said Police Service Representative C. Hardy of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station.

The SWAT team used tear gas to get the man to leave the home, said Sgt. D. Parker of the Mission Station. He was then transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Officers found a small-caliber semi-automatic pistol inside the home, Parker said.

The suspect was not holding hostages inside the residence in the 14300 block of Raven Street, Parker said.

The suspect barricaded himself after officers sent to the home about 5:15 p.m. Sunday in response to a call from a family friend who said the man might be suicidal, said Sgt. Francisca Wheeling of the LAPD’s Mission Station.

—City News Service

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