File photo by John Schreiber.

A man believed to be in his 50s shot and killed himself Sunday after a brief standoff with police in North Hollywood.

The drama began about 11:30 a.m. when the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles police responded to a call about a suicidal man armed with a gun, according to police.

The man in question had barricaded himself behind a wall underneath trees in a business parking lot near Burbank Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue, LAPD Sgt. Francisco Albarran told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Officers tried to talk with him and get him some help but the man refused to come out, Albarran said.

Eventually, A LAPD SWAT unit was called to the scene. During their set-up officers heard one gunshot, Albarran said. About 30 minutes after the gunshot SWAT officers found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A weapon was recovered at the scene.

The man’s name was withheld pending notification of kin.

Traffic on Burbank Boulevard from Vineland Avenue to Cahuenga Boulevard was blocked for about three hours during the standoff and the follow-up investigation, Albarran said.

–City News Service

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