Culver City Police addressed unexpected difficulties early on Monday, January 7, 2018 when a check on a suicidal man turned into a shooting situation. Crisis negotiators were able to persuade the man to surrender after several hours, and the situation was resolved with no injuries.
A man barricaded inside the Ramada Inn on Sepulveda shot at police officers who had come at 5:30 a.m. for a welfare check. When officers arrived and tried to contact the person inside, the suspect fired multiple gunshots through the door at officers, police said. No one was struck, and police didn’t return fire.
According to the LA Times, the motel and surrounding buildings were evacuated, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department crisis counselors and its Special Enforcement Bureau were called to assist.
“Crisis negotiators did convince him to surrender peacefully after speaking with him for several hours,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.
Authorities recovered a firearm and took the man into custody about 12:30 p.m. Navarro-Suarez said the man likely will be charged for shooting at police.
“That’s a serious offense, and we don’t take that lightly,” she said. “He’s going to go through the judicial process and get the help he needs.”