Police pursuit ends with standoff in Boyle Heights – Los Angeles Times

A man believed to be armed with a gun was arrested Monday morning after a pursuit with police ended in a brief standoff in Boyle Heights, authorities said, although no gun was found.

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said officers began following the man’s vehicle around 2:30 a.m. after calls about disturbing the peace with a gun.

The man, whose name has not been released, eventually drove down a dead-end road at North State and New Jersey streets, near Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

After reaching the end of the street, the man turned his gray SUV around and tried to drive out, but police blocked his path with their cruisers, according to video from OnScene.TV.

The man could be seen rolling a cigarette and smoking it during the standoff. He also wiped his eyes with his T-shirt as he visibly wept inside the car.

Police ordered the man to get out of the car, but he shook his head and at one point leaned the top half of his body out the driver’s window and tapped the top of his head with his hand.

The man was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m., but no gun was recovered at the scene, LAPD Officer Lizeth Lomeli said. Police have not determined what the suspect will be charged with after the pursuit and standoff.