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SWAT standoff ends in Long Beach, K-9 subdued suspect is arrested

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July 5, 2012: An armed SWAT officer is seen here, stationed outside a Long Beach home.

SWAT standoff ends in Long Beach, K-9 subdued suspect is arrested

A lengthy standoff has ended between Long Beach SWAT team members and an armed man who barricaded himself inside his home in the 6100 block of John Avenue.

The standoff began just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning when the man shot a code enforcement officer in the head. 

Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told KPCC's Rob Strauss that the inspector had gone to the man’s home, along with police officers, to serve an inspection warrant.  

"As they were in front of the house determining their course of action, a shot was fired. As a result, one of the inspectors was struck in the head causing all to take cover," Pratt said.

The injured officer is expected to make a full recovery. 

Pratt says the man continued to fire his gun when additional officers arrived on the scene. Officers evacuated five homes in the neighborhood as they attempted to coax the man out of his house. 

The city had been working with the man on cleaning up his home, which Pratt says had lots of debris and was in a "blighted" state.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into custody in his yard around 2:30 p.m. after a police dog was sent in, reports City News Service. Neighbors told the news service that the man had lived in the home for years with his mother, who recently died.

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