A man accused of shooting at Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in a Covina neighborhood recorded the standoff live on Facebook on Sunday.
Sean Vasquez, 20, was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon about 1:15 p.m. after deputies were fired at and Vasquez barricaded himself in a home for several hours, the Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement.
Daily Mail reported that Sean Vasquez, 20, was shooting at passing cars before a SWAT team swooped in and arrested him.
At one point, deputies used an armored paramedic truck to pick up several elderly residents from the driveway of their home and escort them out of the neighborhood.
A crisis negotiation team made contact with the barricaded suspect and worked to persuade him to surrender.
A crowd developed around the scene to watch the standoff, prompting deputies to place an armored vehicle between them and the house as a shield.
The suspect posted live videos on Facebook during the incident.
“They’re here, they know where I am,” Vasquez said in the video.
Vasquez repeatedly said “I’m sorry guys” as he shot at the officers.
He was shooting at cars passing by,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Elisabeth Sachs. “Deputies did not return fire based on the suspect’s concealed location near a house.”
“My husband called me five minutes later and said ‘You left at the right time. We have an active shooter,’” said Cindy Arp, who lives in the neighborhood.
According to county booking records, Vasquez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the sheriff’s San Dimas Station pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.