Kidnapping suspect in custody following pursuit, hourslong standoff in Palmdale apartment

A law enforcement pursuit of a kidnapping suspect turned into an hourslong standoff with shots fired at a Palmdale apartment building Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The vehicle chase came to an end around 5:40 p.m. at the Sierra View Gardens complex on the 37800 block of 20th Street East. The incident had started earlier in the 2000 block of West Avenue H-8 in Lancaster, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Du Busky.

Du Busky could not immediately provide further details on the abduction that took place, but he said the pursuit driver pointed a gun at someone who was reporting the incident to 911.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman in the car’s passenger seat during the pursuit.

Deputies at one point handed the chase over to the California Highway Patrol, but were at the scene when the driver abandoned his vehicle and ran into the apartment complex.

During the pursuit, one CHP officer was involved in a collision in Lancaster and an ambulance was requested, but there was no update on the officer’s condition, according to CHP Officer Michael Brandt.

An hour after the chase ended, a few dozen deputies could be seen crowded in plants outside an entrance to one of the buildings.

Officials later said the suspect had barricaded himself inside an apartment where his mother lives, but was believed to be the only person inside.

At least one deputy opened fire at some point, but no one was struck, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

A mental evaluation team was at the scene attempting to negotiate with the man, but the standoff continued past 10 p.m.

The suspect was finally taken into custody shortly before 12:30 a.m., according to a tweet from the Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities did not release any information on the kidnapping victim’s whereabouts.

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