A standoff between sheriff’s deputies and a barricaded suspect holed up in a Valinda home ended Sunday after nearly 48 hours.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tore holes in the roof to try to reach the suspect, CBS2 reported. The unidentified suspect committed suicide, the station reported, adding that Mitzi, a 3-year-old maltipoo, was left behind when her owners had to quickly evacuate the home.
The incident began shortly before 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 16900 block of Wing Lane, just west of North Azusa Avenue, near the city of Industry, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies initially responded to the area on a report of a person firing shots at pedestrians, ABC7 reported.
The LASD reported that a woman was transported to a local hospital with an undisclosed injury that was not a gunshot wound. Deputies came under fire, prompting them to return fire. The suspect barricaded inside a home, where the department’s Special Enforcement Bureau was called to assist.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis issued the following statement after the standoff was finished: “I have been informed that the suspect involved in the Valinda barricade situation has committed suicide.
“After learning about the incident, I asked the Red Cross Los Angeles to deploy a team to Workman High School in the city of Industry and provide assistance to the impacted families that had to be evacuated from their homes. As the standoff went past 24 hours, my office was able to place displaced families in a nearby hotel thanks to the city of Industry and the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
“I’m grateful to all of our partners including Northgate Gonzalez Market and El Pavo Bakery for donating warm meals and water. To our Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department law enforcement deputies on the ground, thank you for the hard work you put in these last 48 hours, as well as our Office of Emergency Management and Department of Mental Health, who were out there today.”
“My office is reuniting families and coordinating so that they can get back to their homes safely. The Red Cross will continue to provide assistance, and residents were urged to call 800-675-5799. For mental health support, please contact 800-854-7771.”