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LAPD shoots barricaded suspect who has taken hostage, police say


Los Angeles Police shot a person they said took a hostage and barricaded himself in a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper on Friday night.

Officer Tony Im, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed that an officer shot the suspect, who was taken to hospital in an unknown condition.

The hostage is alive, but their condition was not available, he said.

The suspect was armed with a firearm, the spokesperson said. No officer was injured in the incident.

Authorities were first called to report a possible 4:10 p.m. shooting in the 500 block of South Main Street, Im said.

At 5:40 p.m., the suspect had barricaded himself and SWAT agents responded to the scene, the spokesperson said.

Videos taken by passers-by appear to show the Santa Fe Lofts on East 6th Street as the location of the hour-long standoff.

Video appears to show the suspect holding a gun to the hostage’s head before dragging the hostage to another area of ​​the room and walking away.

A few seconds pass and the suspect returns to the room before a loud explosion shakes the building. The suspect runs. There are more loud booms.

Eventually, the suspect grabs the hostage again and walks to a dark area of ​​the room. There is another big boom.

Officers wearing tactical gear can be seen swarming the suspect before several shots are fired and the video ends.

Further information on the shooting was not immediately available.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.



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