A SWAT team Friday completed an 11-hour siege of a home in El Sereno, where a man was taken into custody, but a murder suspect being sought got away, authorities said.
The standoff began at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Newtonia Drive and Maycrest Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Officer Sal Ramirez. There were no reports of injuries, he said.
It wasn’t immediately clear who was in the home with the suspect, he said. About 11 p.m., a man exited the home and was detained but he was not the original suspect sought, said Sgt. Rudy Vidal of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division.
The detained suspect is the murder suspect’s cousin and was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant, said Sgt. Eric Yerkey, also of the Hollenbeck Division.
Several rounds of tear gas were fired before SWAT team members made entry into the home, Yerkey said. The home was cleared about 3 a.m. and no one else was found, Yerkey said.
Details of the homicide the suspect was wanted for were not immediately available.
—City News Service