PICO RIVERA >> Deputies engaged in standoff with a man who allegedly brandished a rifle at his neighbors in a Pico Rivera neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
The incident began about noon when deputies received a report of a man chasing his neighbors with a rifle in the 8800 block of Dalewood Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. B. Creta of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said. No injuries were reported.
The suspect was believed to have gone inside his home, but refused deputies orders to come out and surrender, Creta said.
According to sheriff’s radio traffic, the suspect’s mother was inside the home with him.
Officials were initially concerned the mother may have been a hostage, however Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the sheriff’s Information Bureau later said that the suspect’s mother remained in the home voluntarily and refused to come out.
The suspect has previously been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
A family member told deputies the rifle the man had was actually a pellet gun and not a real firearm, officials said in radio broadcasts. Officials also cautioned deputies about two pit bulls believed to be inside the house.
Deputies evacuated nearby homes and summoned a SWAT team and crisis negotiators to the scene as the standoff continued Sunday afternoon, officials said.
PHOTO: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau members rushed to Pico Rivera by helicopter to respond to report of an armed, barricaded suspect inside a home int he 8800 block of Dalewood Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Courtesy, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)