SWAT standoff at Woodland Hills veterans facility ends in arrest (update)

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Update 4:48 p.m. Authorities say a seven-hour standoff with a distraught gunman at a Los Angeles veterans' hall has ended peacefully.

Police say the 52-year-old man left the building and was arrested shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. Earlier, a SWAT team fired tear gas inside the hall but the man lobbed one cannister back out of a window.

Police say the man, who isn't a veteran, was despondent over a relationship when he entered the Disabled American Veterans hall in the San Fernando Valley at about 7:30 a.m. with what appeared to be a shotgun.

Police say at one point the man threatened to kill himself.

About a dozen nearby homes were evacuated during the standoff


Previously 2:34 p.m. A SWAT standoff is underway Friday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars facility in Woodland Hills where a man is barricaded inside.

It all began around 7:30 a.m. when officers responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon suspect. When they arrived, they met with a facility caretaker.

"That caretaker advised the officers that one of the patrons inside was armed with a shotgun and that he was very distraught and stated that he might harm himself," said LAPD Sargeant Barry Montgomery.

There are no major street closures in effect, but homes in the area of Corbin Avenue have been evacuated.