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LAPD: Man barricades himself inside Rosslyn Hotel in downtown LA after pointing gun at paramedics, officers

A man who police say pointed a gun at Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and LAPD officers is refusing to come out of a downtown Los Angeles hotel.

The incident started at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when firefighters and paramedics were called to the Rosslyn Hotel in the 100 block of West 5th Street for a medical emergency. At that location, paramedics reported a man brandishing a firearm at them and called for help, LAPD officials said.

When officers responded to the scene, the man pointed the gun at them before going back inside the hotel, where he barricaded himself with the firearm, according to the LAPD.

A SWAT team is on the scene and using “deescalation techniques” in an effort to bring the standoff to a peaceful end.

Several streets have been shut down around the area, including Main Street from 3rd to 6th and 5th Street from Los Angeles Avenue to Spring Street.

Drivers and pedestrians were urged to avoid the area.

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