Will Conybeare and Kimberly Cheng
2 hours ago
Residents of a Hermosa Beach neighborhood had their Christmas Eve festivities disrupted when they were evacuated from their homes during an hours-long standoff that left one man dead.
The first 911 call regarding a domestic dispute came in around 3:30 Sunday afternoon in the 600 block of 11th.th Street near Ardmore Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A witness told KTLA that several of their neighbors heard a loud argument and saw a man with a gun. When police arrived, the man barricaded himself inside the home and a standoff ensued.
A fire broke out in the house around 4:30 p.m., forcing authorities to evacuate several adjacent houses and adopt a defensive stance to ensure their safety.
About five hours later, Hermosa Beach police officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies entered the home to try to arrest the man, but found him dead in the home’s garage , authorities said. His identity has not yet been revealed.
Other family members had already evacuated the house before the fire, and the family dog was rescued from the house unharmed.
As Christmas Eve turned into Christmas Day, shaken residents were still processing the fact that a deadly standoff had taken place in their neighborhood, not to mention a major holiday.
“It’s horrible… it doesn’t happen here,” Hermosa Beach resident Eileen Burkey told KTLA 5’s Kimberly Cheng. “Everyone is very sad and very disappointed.”
“A lot of people were having a Christmas Eve party and all of a sudden, instead of the Christmas Eve party, they’re standing in the middle of the street and seeing all these cops and firefighters,” another man said.
A woman who was evacuated from her home twice and returned home on Christmas morning nearly burst into tears as she spoke of her ordeal.
“I’m heartbroken…this is an amazing family,” said the woman, identified only as Chris. “It’s an incredible street, and this shouldn’t have happened.”
What started the fire is unknown, but an arson investigation is underway by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, authorities said.
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