The siege began after police attempted to arrest the suspect in Los Angeles at approximately 10pm local time, according to Fullerton Police Corporal Billy Phu. Eyewitness footage from the scene captures the extent of the major armed police response.
— VO$$ DRIPPIN (@vossdrippin) October 19, 2020
The LAPD was called in for assistance a short time later amid reports that the suspect was armed with a knife and that shots were fired at the studio lot.
Supposedly someone was shot at Paramount studios. Bunch of differing stories out here. Hard to believe a non-employee could get in there. pic.twitter.com/7MjnvAXHqX
— Film The Police (@williamg1) October 19, 2020
The LAPD described “heavy police activity” in the area of the 5500 block of Melrose Avenue, urging the public to stay away while the operation continues.
A Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) ambulance was filmed leaving the studio, but the lack of police escort caused many to speculate that the suspect was not inside or had already been killed.
An LAFD ambulance is seen leaving the scene lights & sirens with what appears to be a patient onboard.
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 19, 2020
Responding fire trucks were also filmed leaving the scene, but there has been no official confirmation by police of an end to the siege.
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