City Terrace Barricade Suspect Escapes

By City News Service

*Update: 20-year-old Joel Estrada was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 18, he allegedly barricaded himself in the home on Jan. 16. The fire that damaged the home is believed to have been sparked by teargas canisters fired by SWAT deputies.

A man who allegedly fired a gunshot in his City Terrace bedroom following an argument with his mother barricaded himself inside Wednesday, leading to a SWAT standoff and eventually a fire in the house before authorities could move in, only to find the suspect gone.

Deputies went to the house in the 1000 block of North Alma Avenue around 2 a.m. in response to a call of shots fired, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Irys Alvarez said. When they arrived, the man’s mother said she had argued with her adult son and that he was holding a gun, Alvarez said.

The woman said her son went into his bedroom and fired the weapon, Alvarez said, adding that the gun was discharged prior to deputies arrival.

The man was seen walking inside the residence, but he disregarded commands to come out, she said. A SWAT team was summoned and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes.

At 8:43 a.m., a fire broke out in the home and was doused in about 20 minutes. It was unclear if the fire was started by the suspect or teargas canisters that had been lobbed into the residence by SWAT deputies.

Deputies moved into the home a short time later, after obtaining a search warrant, but the man wasn’t inside.

Officials said the man was believed to be about 20 years old.A neighbor told reporters at the scene the suspect was a “good kid” but was dealing with some “issues.”

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