A man who threatened passersby with a handgun under a freeway in the Mid-City area was taken into custody Saturday after a standoff with police officers.

The officers were summoned at 3 p.m. to the area of Beverlywood Street and Garth Avenue, where the suspect pointed the apparent handgun to his own head, according to a Los Angeles Police Department press release.

The officers took up safe positions and eventually persuaded the man to put down the gun, police said. It turned out to be a replica pellet revolver.

The suspect was hospitalized for a mental evaluation, police said.

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