Man arrested after holding at least one hostage in Westlake

Armed man barricaded inside Westlake apartment, holding 1 or more hostages

An armed man who barricaded himself inside a central Los Angeles apartment Sunday night and held at least one person hostage was taken into custody after a short standoff, authorities said.

Police received a report  about 7 p.m. of a man brandishing a gun in the 200 block of South Carondelet Street in the Westlake neighborhood, Los Angeles police Lt. Craig Heredia said.

After officers arrived, the man fled to a nearby building and holed up inside the apartment, Heredia said.

The man held at least one and possibly several people as hostages, police said. He was taken into custody shortly after 9:30 p.m., Heredia said.

Police established a perimeter around the apartment building, and SWAT team members were on the scene, Heredia said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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9:50 p.m.: This story was updated to say that the armed man was taken into custody.

This post was originally published at 9:35 p.m.