SAN GABRIEL, Calif. — Authorities shut down the 10 Freeway in San Gabriel as a SWAT team dealt with a barricaded suspect who had already fired shots in a residential neighborhood before being found dead on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The San Gabriel Police Department first reported the incident about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Saxon Avenue and Brighton Street.
“The suspect has fired multiple shots,” according to San Gabriel spokesman Jonathan Fu.
Aerial footage from Sky5 showed flames emanating from the home about 5 p.m. as armored SWAT vehicles held positions just outside.
A shirtless man could be seen running out of the burning home and into the porch of a neighboring home minutes later, where he could be seen seemingly trying to use tools to break open the front door of the home and rifling through the trunk of a car.
A fire ignited on the porch of a second home about 5:45 p.m.
The suspect was seen throwing large bundles of fireworks out the window of the second home about 15 minutes later.
The suspect was seen running through the backyard of a home with what appeared to be a handgun in each hand, then crouching between a pickup truck and a car stored in the yard.
Police urged the public to avoid the area as deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, or SWAT team, responded to the scene.
The California Highway Patrol shut down all lanes of the 10 Freeway from San Gabriel Boulevard to Del Mar Avenue as the incident was ongoing. All traffic lanes, with the exception of the westbound Del Mar Avenue offramp, reopened shortly before 9 p.m., officials said.
Deputies approached the home shortly before 7 p.m., sheriff’s officials said. The suspect was pronounced dead following a deputy-involved shooting.
No further details were available.