A man exchanged shots with police who responded early Thursday afternoon to a report of a family disturbance at a home in San Gabriel before holing up inside and apparently setting fire to the residence.
Officers responded about 12:30 p.m. to an address in the area of Saxon Avenue and Brighton Street after a woman called 911 to report a man with gun in her duplex, a San Gabriel Police Department spokesman said at the scene.
When officers arrived, the suspect allegedly fired at officers, who returned fire, police said.
The female was able to exit the home safely.
A sheriff’s SWAT team was called in and the California Highway Patrol shut down westbound lanes of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, which is only about a block away from the home where the standoff was happening.
Eastbound lanes were later shut down, causing major traffic backups.
At least one nearby home was evacuated, as Special Enforcement Bureau deputies were seen helping people into an armored vehicle.
Sheriff’s crisis negotiators made telephone contact with the suspect, but he refused to surrender, police said.
Smoke, apparently from a fire set by the suspect, began pouring from the home and later flames erupted from the walls and through the roof of the structure.
About 5 p.m., the shirtless suspect, who appeared to be holding a handgun, exited a rear door and ran toward an adjacent structure.
The home where the trouble began is believed to be that of a relative of the homeless suspect, who came to the residence two days ago, police said.