- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A distraught man possibly armed with a shotgun kept police at bay at a San Fernando Valley veterans hall for seven hours Friday before he was tear-gassed and surrendered, police said.

The 52-year-old man left the Disabled American Veterans Hall about 2:30 p.m., police said. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Police answering a report of an assault with a deadly weapon went to the hall about 7:30 a.m. A caretaker said a man with a shotgun was inside and was despondent over a relationship, Sgt. Berry Montgomery said.

Police cordoned off the area and evacuated about a dozen nearby homes.

Negotiators also were brought in.

“It’s my understanding he is loosely associated with veterans facility. But I was advised he was not a veteran,” Montgomery said.

TV news helicopters spotted the man leaving and re-entering the building through a door, and he also appeared to break out a window with his hand.

At one point, the man threatened to kill himself, police said.

Police finally lobbed tear gas into the building, although the man tossed one smoking canister back outside.

He eventually surrendered, however.

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