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Update: Gunman surrenders in North Hollywood standoff

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An armed gunman surrendered to police following a high speed chase and standoff outside a North Hollywood residence Monday. Police report the chase began about 10:15 a.m. in the El Sereno area when the suspect, reportedly wanted in connection with a woman's report of a criminal threat "a few days ago," encountered officers and then fled. 


Updated 5:12 p.m.: SB 170 at 5 shutdown

The southbound 170 is closed at the 5 Freeway as police search for evidence from this morning's pursuit. 

Updated 3:05 p.m.: Gunman surrenders to police

The suspected gunman has surrendered to Los Angeles police, leaving through a door at the back of a building where he'd been holed up.

Police had deployed tear gas into the home shortly before the man emerged. He was followed by several dogs who appeared also to come from the home.

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SWAT officers took him into custody immediately after. 

Updated 2:17 p.m.: Oakwood School being evacuated

Several schools were on lockdown and at least one was being evacuated after an armed man led police on a high speed chase and then apparently barricaded himself inside a North Hollywood residence, according to police.

Students at Oakwood School have been evacuated and parents can now pick them up at North Hollywood Park on Magnolia Boulevard east of the 170 Freeway, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told KPCC.

KPCC is working to get updates on other schools on lockdown and will continue updating as we learn more. You can see a full list below.

— KPCC staff

Updated 1:37 p.m.: Armed man barricaded Police say a man who led officers on a high-speed chase through Los Angeles before climbing onto a roof with what appeared to be an assault rifle may now be barricaded inside a North Hollywood residence, according to NBC4.

Multiple schools in the area were on lockdown as of mid-day while police conducted a search.

NBC4 reports the residence is in the 11600 block of Hartsook Street, just blocks from the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station, and has more information on how the pursuit began:

The man is wanted in connection with a woman's report of a criminal threat "a few days ago," according to police. He was located Monday morning in El Sereno and fled after encountering officers, [LAPD Lt. Andy] Neiman said.

The Los Angeles Times reports that SWAT officers were surrounding the home and that no one else is believed to be inside, but it was unclear whether they are in communications with the suspect.

— KPCC staff

12:23 p.m.: A man suspected of making criminal threats led police on a chase today on surface streets and freeways from El Sereno to Pacoima.

The chase began about 10:15 a.m. in the 4900 block of Axtell Street in the El Sereno area, according to Los Angeles police Officer Wendy Reyes of the Media Relations office. TV news video showed the suspect exit his vehicle with what appeared to be a rifle in his hand and make his way to the roof of a house.

Police are telling residents near the 11600 block of Hartsook Street to stay in their homes, and nearby schools are on lockdown.

The siege began after a Monday morning auto pursuit on Los Angeles freeways. The man finally abandoned his car and climbed to a rooftop where he paced with what appeared to be a rifle. He then climbed down from the roof into an area with extensive tree cover.

Police Officer Wendy Reyes says the man was initially wanted for making criminal threats. Reyes says a SWAT team is en route and police have set up a perimeter.

NBCLA reports speeds reached an estimated 100 mph before coming to a stop and exiting his vehicle from the 170 Freeway.

— KPCC staff and wires

MAP: Approximate location of police standoff

Schools locked down:

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