LOS ANGELES – One person was fatally shot at the scene of a house fire early Tuesday and a suspect was arrested after holing himself up for two hours inside the burned home south of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.
Firefighters heard gunshots after quickly knocking down the flames in the two-story structure shortly around 4:30 a.m. in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood, Fire Department officials said.
Police and sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter and evacuated nearby homes during a standoff with the suspect.
Police Officer Chris No confirmed one fatality in the shooting but didn’t know whether the victim was a man or woman.
The suspect appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken into custody shortly before 7 a.m., officials said.
There were no reports of injuries to firefighters or police officers.
Four adults and a child were displaced by the blaze, and the American Red Cross was sent to assist them, according to fire officials.