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Grieving, drinking family members get into dispute at County-USC Medical Center


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Several family members who had been drinking and grieving over an older relative’s condition got into a dispute at County-USC Medical Center that led to a five-hour standoff with authorities that ended early today, police said.

Family members started a disturbance, and a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man assaulted a sheriff’s deputy about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles police Sgt. Titus Tyler of the Hollenbeck Station said.

The teenager ran to a nearby family home and began throwing rocks at police, Tyler said. Police shot the 19-year old with a bean-bag round, but both teenagers got into the home.

Once inside, with three younger relatives, they refused to come out, police said.

Police evacuated nearby residents, including the Marengo Inn. About 3:15 a.m., the youths surrendered to a SWAT team at the urging of their parents, police said. Police withheld the names of everyone involved.