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A man who armed himself with a Samurai sword or knife and barricaded himself inside a gift shop in Little Tokyo was taken into custody Monday after an LAPD SWAT team flushed him out with tear gas, ending a standoff of about 8 1/2 hours, police said.
The incident began about 5:15 p.m. Sunday in a store in the Japanese Village Plaza at 335 East Second St., said Los Angeles police Sgt. Ed Perez.
The SWAT team negotiated with the suspect and used tear gas to get him to come out about 1:40 a.m., Perez said. He was taken to County USC Medical Center for observation, he said.
The standoff started when the suspect refused the owner’s orders to put down a knife and Samurai sword he was holding and assaulted a security guard in the store, Perez said. The guard was not injured.
The store was evacuated and officers locked the suspect inside until the SWAT team arrived and began negotiating with him, Perez said.
—City News Service