Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tactical units respond to a rail yard in Commerce after a man suspected of driving a stolen SUV led authorities on a high-speed chase from the Downey area before barricade themselves inside the vehicle.
The incident was reported around 2:25 p.m. at a rail yard in the Noakes and Calada streets area of Commerce, sheriff’s officials said.
Staff from the department’s Special Enforcement Office were called in to help deputies from Norwalk and East Los Angeles stations, and crisis negotiators were on hand trying to make contact with the suspect, officials said. .
Deputies began pursuing the suspect, who was driving a black SUV, around 2:10 p.m. on Highway 5 northbound near Downey, KABC-TV Channel 7 reported.
The man led authorities on a high-speed chase through Montebello and South Gate, where he exited the freeway and onto surface streets, sometimes driving against the tide.
The SUV crashed through a chain-link fence and went onto train tracks in the area of Noakes Street and South Hicks Avenue in the trade area, then headed west on the tracks until it that the front passenger side tire of the SUV becomes dislodged.
He got out of the SUV and appeared to attempt to jump onto a passing train, but turned and ran towards a fence on Noakes Street between Calada and Calzona streets.
The man turned away from the fence once deputies got to the other side and walked back to the SUV.
Other deputies arrived and began staging the area with guns as the man blocked the SUV’s windshield with a sun visor.
The standoff continued Friday evening.
Further information was not immediately available from the sheriff’s department.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department’s Compton station at (310) 605-6500.
City News Service contributed to this report.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Los Angeles Times