Elysian Heights residents report hearing multiple guns shots or blasts near Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street tonight. The blasts might be in connection with the serving of search warrants, according to early reports that could not be confirmed. Police have sealed off a portion of Baxter Street west of Echo Park Avenue, and officers can be seen walking across Fargo Street, according to one resident.
* Update: The blasts may have been the sounds of “flash-bangs” – non-lethal grenades used to stun suspects – that were used in the serving of a search warrant, said an officer with the Northeast Division. No other details were available.
* Update @ 11:15 p.m.: Two persons were taken into custody during the serving of search warrants for narcotics, according to Lt. John Cook with the Northeast Division. Baxter and Fargo streets west of Echo Park Avenue remained blocked off.
- Update on Elysian Heights police search. The Eastsider