AZUSA (CNS) - A suspect who barricaded himself in an Azusa residence, prompting a SWAT response and the lockdown of a neighborhood, was found dead tonight, authorities said.

The situation began unfolding shortly after 3 p.m. in the 800 block of East Pepper Tree Drive, near Citrus College, according to Azusa police.

At the time, the suspect was believed to be barricaded and possibly armed in a home he broke into, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, which cited police radio transmissions.

SWAT officers responded to the scene, loudspeaker announcements were made ordering the suspect to surrender and neighboring homes were evacuated, according to news reports.

Residents of the Sierra Palms condominium complex were told to shelter in place and those who live on the south side of Silver Maple Drive were not allowed to return to their homes, police said.

The public was also advised by police to stay away from the 800 block of East Foothill Boulevard and nearby North Palm Drive.

The suspect was reported dead at the scene at 7:15 p.m., said Michael Pittman, supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The case was handed over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau for further investigation, according to Azusa police.

Posted by Amy King