UPDATE: Man arrested after hours-long SWAT standoff in Willmore neighborhood

An hours-long SWAT standoff in the Willmore neighborhood came to an end Monday evening when Long Beach police officers arrested a man who had allegedly threatened someone with a knife.

Officers escorted the man out of the Willmore neighborhood home around 6:27 p.m. in handcuffs.

Police said they were called to the home on Magnolia Avenue near Loma Vista Drive around 11:15 a.m. When they arrived, a man told police that his relative had threatened him with a knife, police said.

No injuries were reported and several people were evacuated from the home, but the suspect remained barricaded inside, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

By 2 p.m., SWAT officers and armored vehicles were positioned around the two-story house, just a few blocks from Drake Park.

Officers could be heard talking to the man inside, saying, “Nothing is going to happen to you as long as you come out and you’re cooperative.”

Around 3:27 p.m., officers began firing gas canisters through the home’s windows, but the man did not come out.

Negotiators continued speaking to the man, who would occasionally peer out of a second story window, but the man refused to surrender. At one point, the man requested for firefighters to escort him out of the home and take him to a mental hospital.

Officers entered the residence at 5:16 p.m. and made the arrest more than an hour later.

Residents continued to watch the scene unfold from apartment balconies and sidewalks while the sounds of glass shattering and doors breaking could be heard coming from inside the home.

As of 7 p.m., officers had removed police tape from the area, but Magnolia Avenue remained blocked off by police vehicles from 10th Street to Loma Vista Drive.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated.

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Laura Anaya-Morga is a general assignment reporter for the Long Beach Post.
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