Suspect dead after hours of SWAT standoff in Tarzana

A shooting suspect is dead after an hours-long SWAT standoff in Tarzana on Saturday.

Police responded to reports of a man shooting near Victory Boulevard and Sylvia Avenue around 2 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The armed suspect later barricaded himself inside a home in the 19200 block of Victory Boulevard, prompting police to evacuate nearby residents from the area.

SWAT team members and police created a perimeter around the home while the man remained barricaded inside.

Negotiators spoke with the suspect on the phone, trying to convince him to come out. However, after several conversations, police said the man hung up the phone and refused to cooperate.

At one point, the suspect’s partner allegedly called police to tell them he was armed with a gun and had fired shots inside their home.

After about five hours barricaded inside, SWAT members forced their way into the home and found the suspect dead inside.

Residents in the area were concerned as they watched the situation unfold amid a large police presence in the area.

“It’s very scary,” said Laurence Brown, a Tarzana resident. “It was difficult to evacuate the area because they established a very large perimeter. Many viewers want to know what is happening. “They are worried about the events that occurred.”

The circumstances surrounding the suspect’s death were not disclosed. His identity and official cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.

The fatal incident remains under investigation.