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Los Angeles police said officers withheld fire Sunday, when a man with apparent mental issues aimed what looked like a gun at them during a standoff in West Los Angeles.

Witnesses called police for help at 4:50 p.m. Saturday from the 1900 block of Pelham Avenue, one block south and east from the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard at Overland Avenue. They reported that a man with apparent mental problems was walking around naked at an apartment complex.

They reported a “subject walking around nude,” according to Officer Jenny Houser of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

When officers arrived, the man was in his apartment and officers called into his unit, asking him to come out, Houser said.

At one point, police looking into the unit saw what they thought was the “black barrel” of what looked liked a firearm, she said. A SWAT team was eventually dispatched to the scene.

It was later determined that whatever police saw was not the barrel of a firearm, Houser said.

Still, police repeatedly asked the man to come out and he refused.

“He wasn’t any harm to himself,” Houser said. “There was no crime.” It was not immediately known what time police cleared the scene, she said, or if the man was naked while police was communicating with him.

–City News Service

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