A police helicopter hovered over Silver Lake for at least two hours early this morning as police on the ground searched for a man with a gun*. The Eastsider has contacted the LAPD Northeast Division for more details but residents said the police helicopter was hovering near Silver Lake Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue and near Parkman Avenue and Sunset Boulevard beginning at about 2.a.m. Said one resident via email:
They were over my house from 2-3am I think I finally fell asleep but just woke up (5am) and they are still at it. Sounded like the copter almost crashed into my house just now. This is insane.
* Update: The search began shortly before 1 a.m. after police spotted a man with a gun at 1435 W. Silver Lake Blvd., said Sgt. Lisa Phillips with the Northeast Division. Initial reports said the man might have been a suspected auto thief but that did not turn out to be the case. Officers sealed off the area and brought in police dogs after the suspect ran into the nearby hills. No suspect was found, and the search was called off after about three hours.
While the suspect was not involved in a vehicle theft, there have been numerous vehicle break-ins in the area in recent weeks, Phillips said. She advised residents to remove any items in cars and trucks before thieves do.