Authorities: 11-year-old girl hostage released in standoff with suspect, man arrested

Authorities recovered an 11-year-old girl hours after she and her mother were taken hostage inside a downtown Los Angeles home Friday afternoon.

The girl and her mother, who were taken hostage at gunpoint, were released after five hours during a SWAT operation. Authorities later said a suspect was taken into custody.

Firefighters with personnel from the South Fire and fire departments used the jaws of life to break into the home. Both victims were rushed to a hospital.

Aerial video from KABC-TV showed officers using a blast grenade to surround the home, eventually leading to an arrest.

Officials said earlier the mother had asked to be released from her house. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect came out of the house with an assault rifle, several casings of ammunition and a shirt describing him as a retired firefighter.

Authorities were working to determine whether the suspect was seriously injured in the confrontation, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.

The hostage situation continued to unfold after police were alerted of a possible domestic violence situation involving the girl.

Authorities said the suspect had an “explosive manifesto” from the woman and an 11-year-old female hostage, and also had a “hit list,” but there were no reports of any injuries.

“(We were) trying to get medical personnel involved, trying to get a medical escort, trying to get several units involved, and ultimately we couldn’t do that,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Will Hays said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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