A 57-year-old man armed with a handgun and threatening suicide barricaded himself inside his Lancaster home for more than six-and-a- half hours Monday before surrendering peacefully to authorities, according to a sheriff’s lieutenant.
The incident began at a home on Avenue H-7 near 10th Street West just before midnight on Sunday, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Pfrehm.
“The man had a handgun and was outside threatening suicide,” Pfrehm said. “When deputies arrived at the scene, he went back inside the home and refused to come out.”
Pfrehm said that deputies tried talking to him but the man refused to come back outside.
“At one point he came out with his mother and she managed to get away from the home,” Pfrehm continued. “After his mother fled the scene the man went back inside.”
At that point a special weapons team from the Special Enforcement Bureau was called to the scene and crisis negotiators began talking to the man.
“He finally surrendered peacefully at about 6 :30 this morning,” according to Pfrehm. “He told us he was despondent over his life and wanted to kill himself.”
The unidentified man was taken into custody and was being held for a medical evaluation, according to Pfrehm.
No one was injured and no force was used during the incident, he added.
—Staff and wire reports