WILMINGTON, Calif.–LAPD SWAT officers fired tear gas into a Wilmington apartment today and stormed in, ending a standoff of almost six hours by arresting a man who barricaded himself following a domestic dispute.

The sequence of events culminating in this morning’s arrest began at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a 911call from a woman who reported fleeing her apartment with her 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter because of a confrontation with the children’s father, said Sgt. Julie McInnis, a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Station.

The man was identified as Adrian Zuniga, 23, of Harbor City, LAPD Lt. John Pasquariello said.
“The victim told us she had left her apartment after the suspect had forced his way in following some sort of domestic dispute,” McInnis said.

SWAT officers then rushed to the site in the 2400 block of South Avalon Boulevard, evacuated people living near the apartment where the Zuniga was holed up, shut down Avalon between Lomita and Sepulveda and opened negotiations with the suspect.

But at 12:30 a.m. today, officers fired tear gas canisters into the apartment and did make entry, she said.

Zuniga had self-inflicted cuts but was not injured while being taken into custody, McInnis said, adding that he was taken to a hospital nonetheless to be examined in accordance with protocols applied when a suspect is exposed to tear gas.

Zuniga was taken into custody on suspicion of domestic violence and spousal abuse and could be charged with child endangerment as well, McInnis said.