PICO RIVERA >> Police detained a man Monday who had barricaded himself in a detached garage on the 9400 block of West Boulevard on Monday afternoon.
The homeowners reported that the man, thought to be in his mid-20s, was causing a disturbance in their home at 1:25 p.m., and he remained barricaded in the garage until 5:30 p.m. when SWAT units used tear gas to subdue the man and detain him, said Lt. Sergio Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera station.
Police believed the man was experiencing a mental health crisis, Escobedo said. They did not believe the man was armed, Escobedo added.
The man was taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation, Escobedo said. A report will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether or not charges will be filed against the man, he added.
The Sheriff’s Department’s mental health evaluation team, a crisis negotiator and SWAT team worked throughout the afternoon to get the man to surrender, Escobedo said.
In the time he was barricaded, the man started several small fires he extinguished himself, Escobedo said. He also reportedly vandalized the garage.
The man also told responding deputies that he wished to commit “suicide by cop,” Escobedo said.
“We just want to ensure he gets the help he needs,” Escobedo said. “We’re trying everything possible to get him to come out and surrender peacefully.”
Escobedo said the 9400 block of West Boulevard remains closed to traffic and that nearby homes have been evacuated.
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