Paramount Studios Shooting in Hollywood Involving Police, Suspect in Custody

A suspect has been taken into custody after a standoff at the Paramount Pictures studio lot in Los Angeles.

Officers with the Fullerton Police Department were in the area of Plymouth Boulevard and Melrose Avenue near the Paramount Pictures studio lot to arrest a sexual assault suspect at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Monday.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told Newsweek that the suspect works at Paramount Pictures, but it is unclear whether he is a contractor at the location or employed by Paramount Pictures. The criminal investigation was for sexual assault of a minor, the spokesperson said.

The LAPD spokesperson said when Fullerton Police attempted to detain the suspect, the man produced a knife. At this point, officers used a Taser on the suspect and requested backup from the LAPD.

As LAPD officers arrived, officers used a bean bag round on the suspect which was "also ineffective," police said.

"At the Melrose gate to the lot there was an officer involved shooting. The suspect ran onto the lot and barricaded himself inside of a building," the LAPD spokesperson said. "Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect to surrender."

At around 12.15 a.m., officers entered the building and took the suspect into custody.

He was bleeding from wounds he sustained during the incident and was transported to a local hospital.

No officers were injured during the incident, the LAPD said.

The LAPD said Fullerton Police are handling the arrest and booking of the suspect, who was not identified.

The Fullerton Police Department and Paramount Pictures have been contacted for additional comment.

Police previously warned people of the heavy police activity in the vicinity of the 5500 block of Melrose Avenue. "If you live in the area, please stay indoors. If you don't live in the area, please stay away at this time," the LAPD tweeted.

Late on Sunday night, photojournalist John Schreiber tweeted aerial shots of the lot, showing that LAPD officers were in the "New York Street" part of the studio with lights trained on one of the building facades.

"Police continue to focus on this building and one particular window on the top floor. Canine units also seen down below," Schreiber added in another tweet.

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General view of the Paramount Pictures film studio lot on August 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images