Santa Monica, CA: On Saturday, March 12th around 4 in the morning, 911 callers reported hearing screaming in a nearby residence prompting an "Unkown Trouble" call for the Santa Monica Police Department. Upon the arrival of the first responding officers, they wanted to separate those involved by bringing them outside but one person inside refused to, prompting a barricaded situation. The officers requested for the Swat team to be called out as the standoff with the individual prolonged. A negotiation team was also called out to get the subject out of the residence peacefully. According to officers and a spokesperson for the department, they believed that the individual was not armed. The standoff with the police department lasted for about 4 hours before the subject came out of the residence peacefully and was detained for a short time before being released at the scene. No arrests had been made in connection with the standoff or the original call itself.
The Department released a statement in regards to the incident which stated "Earlier this morning SMPD responded to a call of "Unknown Trouble" in the area of 3rd and Bicknell after reports of screaming from an apartment. After some time, SMPD made contact with both parties & officers ensured there was no danger to the parties or the public. SMPD is thankful for the peaceful resolution of the incident and anticipates traffic in the area will return to normal shortly."
A spokesperson for the Santa Monica Police Department that we spoke to at the scene stated that "around 4 this morning, we got reports of "Unknown Trouble" on the 300 block of Pacific, one person refused to cooperate with officer's orders to exit the residence which led to the events this morning. The Swat team was deployed as a precaution for officer safety."
Nearby residences said that they heard the occupants of the residence have been in a possible fight with the management who own the property that they live on even one to say that one of the managers for the property was taken, hostage. At this time, there has been no confirmation of these reports.
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