A two-block section of Maltman Avenue in Silver Lake was sealed off for nearly four hours late this afternoon after police tried to coax an emotionally distressed man, who was believed to have been armed, out of his apartment. The incident on Maltman Avenue between Bellevue Avenue and Marathon Street ended at about 9 p.m. after a SWAT team robot entered the man’s apartment and saw him lying unconscious on a couch, said Capt. Gina Sanders with the Rampart Division. The man, described as in his late 40s or early 50s, was transported to a hospital. No weapons were found in the apartment, Sanders said.
The incident, which left a police helicopter hovering overhead for hours as heavily armed SWAT officers roamed the streets, began after police received a call that a distressed man may have taken many pills and possibly had a weapon, Sanders said.
It’s only been about two weeks since Silver Lake residents near the same area went through a similar situation after a man in the 800 block of Kodak Street barricaded himself following a domestic dispute. That incident ended without police having to use force.
* This post has been updated.