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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A distraught man possibly armed with a shotgun barricaded himself in a veterans hall Friday, police said.
The standoff began after police responded to a 7:30 a.m. report of an assault with a deadly weapon and were met by a facility caretaker who said the approximately 52-year-old man had a shotgun and was distraught about a relationship, said Sgt. Berry Montgomery.
The officers talked to the man through a closed window but he refused to exit and stated he would harm himself, Montgomery said.
A SWAT team was then called to the scene and a perimeter was set up around the Disabled American Veterans hall on Corbin Avenue in the San Fernando Valley.
"It's my understanding he is loosely associated with veterans facility but I was advised he was not a veteran," Montgomery said.
TV news helicopters spotted the man leaving and re-entering the building through a door, and he also appeared to break out a window with his hand.
The hall, located on a deep property near the Los Angeles River, is set well back from the street at the end of a long driveway.
The hall has a kitchen and space for gatherings.
"The safety of our members and neighbors in the community are of utmost concern for DAV. We hope no one is hurt," said DAV spokesman Steve Wilson from the organization's headquarters in Cold Spring, Ky.