Homes evacuated in Whittier during standoff, suspect eludes authorities

A sheriff's crisis negotiations team was called on Sunday to assist police with an assault with a deadly weapon suspect reportedly holed up inside a residence in Whittier, authorities said.

Surrounding homes were evacuated for the safety of residents, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department later determined that the suspect was not at the location, and the neighborhood was deemed safe.

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The department concluded its tactical response in the 7900 block of Comstock Avenue in Whittier, and all neighborhood evacuees were allowed to return to their homes.

The barricaded suspect was originally reported at approximately 2:35 a.m., the LASD said.

No further information was immediately available.


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