Man barricaded in Verizon store

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicle is seen at a shopping center in La Crescenta where a man was barricaded inside a Verizon store. (KTLA / November 29, 2013)

Authorities were involved in a standoff Friday afternoon at a La Crescenta shopping center after a man barricaded himself in a Verizon store, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said.

There were no hostages involved in the standoff at the Marketplace Shopping Center, located in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard, said the spokeswoman at the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station.

The man was armed and had threatened to kill himself, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. The shopping center was evacuated.

No other information was immediately available, authorities said. 

A woman who was at the Ralphs store in the shopping center told The Times there was confusion among shoppers during the evacuation because they were not told what was happening.

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