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Armed man barricaded in motel surrenders after shooting at officers

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Authorities responded to reports of a person barricaded inside a motel in Culver City.
(Los Angeles Times)

A man barricaded inside a Culver City motel who had shot at police officers surrendered Monday after speaking with crisis counselors for several hours, authorities said.

Culver City police were called at 5:30 a.m. for a welfare check on a man who appeared to be suicidal at the Ramada at 3930 Sepulveda Blvd., the Police Department said. However, when officers arrived and tried to contact the person inside, the suspect fired multiple gunshots through the door at officers, police said. No one was struck, and police didn’t return fire, police said.

The motel and surrounding buildings were evacuated, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department crisis counselors and its Special Enforcement Bureau were called to assist.

“Crisis negotiators did convince him to surrender peacefully after speaking with him for several hours,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.

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Authorities recovered a firearm and took the man into custody about 12:30 p.m. Navarro-Suarez said the man likely will be charged for shooting at police.

“That’s a serious offense, and we don’t take that lightly,” she said. “He’s going to go through the judicial process and get the help he needs.”

alejandra.reyesvelarde@latimes.com

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