Barricade standoff in Westlake ends with gunfire; suspect in custody

A woman who allegedly broke into a man's home in the Westlake district and then barricaded herself inside for several hours with a gun was taken into custody Friday morning, police said.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Wendy Reyes said the incident began about 10:40 p.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of James M. Wood Boulevard when a man came home and found the suspect, who he reportedly did not know, inside.

"Apparently the victim found the suspect inside of the residence, somehow she got hold of a firearm," Reyes said.

SWAT responded and tried to negotiate with the woman during the standoff, Reyes said, but around 5:30 a.m. Friday, she came out of the residence armed and "an officer-involved shooting occurred," Reyes said.

The woman had fired shots from inside and outside the residence, police said. It was unclear if she was struck by gunfire.

Reyes said the woman was taken to a hospital after her arrest.


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