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Suspected parole arrested on roof in Jefferson Park

City News Service | 1/23/2013, 8:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--A suspected parole violator cornered by police on a roof in the Jefferson Park area was arrested today after he fell while trying to leap from one building to another as SWAT officers shot him with bean bags, authorities said.

The man, who police originally said was a suspect in a homicide, was arrested in the area of 12th Avenue and 36th Street around 2:15 a.m., more than six hours after officers began pursuing him, said Sgt. Melvin Gamble of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Station.

The man's age and the extent of his injuries were not disclosed. He had been surrounded by police on the roof of a second-story building before a SWAT team moved in to arrest him, Gamble said, adding that the officers shot the man with less-lethal bean bag rounds.

No details about his fall were immediately released.

Gamble said it was not confirmed that he is indeed suspected of homicide. He is, however, suspected of a parole violation, Gamble said.