Eagle Rock Woman Barricades Herself During Standoff with Police

By City News Service

A woman barred from owning firearms because of mental illness flashed a rifle at police officers who were summoned by concerned family members, then ducked into her Eagle Rock home, sparking a 4-hour standoff with police, including SWAT officers, until early Monday, authorities said.

Family members called police to the 1400 block of Yosemite Drive about 10:30 p.m. Sunday because the woman, who has a history of mental illness, was feeling distraught and was handling a rifle, said Lt. Andy Mathes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Station.

“When officers arrived she displayed a rifle and ran inside,” Mathes said. The SWAT team arrived and an effort began to coax the woman out, he said.

“Ultimately she gave herself up and she was booked as a prohibited possessor,” he said.

The officers who initially rushed to the home on Yosemite Drive were in Eagle Rock on an unrelated investigation targeting a suspect who bailed out of a vehicle during an attempted traffic stop around Pepper Avenue and San Fernando Road in Cypress Park, Mathes said.

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