Gunman Found Dead in LA County Store Standoff

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a gunman who robbed one store in a La Crescenta shopping center and barricaded himself inside another for hours has died in an apparent suicide.

The La Crescenta sheriff's station says the standoff began at about 4 p.m. Friday at a Verizon Wireless store about 12 miles north of downtown LA. After negotiators couldn't draw him out more than five hours later, a tactical team entered the store and found the suspect dead.

Officials say the man apparently killed himself because no sheriff's shots were fired.

The Sheriff's Department said in a statement that the armed suspect had robbed a neighboring business, but didn't say which one.

Black Friday shoppers were evacuated from a Ralphs supermarket, a Rite Aid drugstore and other surrounding stores.

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