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Barricaded Suspect Prompts Major Police Response
 

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By Jorge Casuso

September 20, 2019 -- A man who barricaded himself behind a dumpster at a Santa Monica auto dealership was apprehended early Friday morning after a standoff with police that lasted several hours.

The incident took place at around 1:30 a.m. in the alley behind the Maserati dealership on the 1800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, police said.

Police responding to "a loud disturbance being caused by a male yelling and screaming" found the suspect in the alley armed with a rifle, police said.

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"The officers took a position of cover and began to order the suspect to surrender," said Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, the Police Department spokesperson.

The suspect refused and barricaded himself behind a dumpster in the alley, she said.

The Police Department's SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team were deployed to the scene, prompting extensive local media coverage.

The Crisis Negotiation Team tried to reason with the suspect, who said he was armed with "multiple weapons," Cobarrubias said.

The suspect was finally convinced to put the rifle down and SWAT used "a diversionary device to get the suspect to move away from the rifle," Cobarrubias said.

The suspect -- who police believed may have still been armed -- ran and was chased down by a K9, police said.

"The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained by the K9," Cobarrubias said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 30’s. The rifle was determined to be an air soft rifle.

Airsoft weapons are toy guns used in air soft sports that are often designed to resemble a genuine firearm.


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