On Saturday November 27, paramedics pronounced the death of a man in the van, which a SWAT team found in the van after hours of confrontation on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
His identity and cause of death were not immediately revealed.
According to Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Robert Maycott, the man was in a light-colored van that pulled up in a lane near Wilshire Boulevard and Linden Drive. According to him, the callers reported that the car was delaying traffic at about 18:00. When the officers arrived, the driver drove away when they tried to talk to him.
As Beverly Hills police said in a press release, he headed east down Wilshire for about six blocks, then passed a traffic light onto Rodeo Drive and came to an abrupt halt in the middle of an intersection. He got out of the car for a moment and went back inside when he saw the officers behind him.
# Break: Beverly Hills Police, special forces and a group of explosives are at the site of the suspicious object on Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. https://t.co/MEbqjLtUCc
– CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 28, 2021
Part of Wilshire was disabled as an armored vehicle, and two police SUVs surrounded the van to prevent it from leaving. According to Maycott, the man inside covered the windows with tin foil, clearly trying to hide.
The sapper detachment also reacted to the confrontation. It was not clear on Sunday whether any explosives were found at the scene.
The officers tried to talk to the man on several occasions, as the confrontation lasted for about five hours, but he did not respond, police said. A SWAT team entered the van at around 11:30 pm and was later seen live from the air with a man getting out of the car who did not appear to answer.
Police said the man was examined by paramedics and pronounced dead at the scene.
#Beverly hills the confrontation is over. SWAT broke a side window, used a drone to look inside, the team approached and found the suspect unconscious, FD clarified the situation. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/48tzk6x0VA
– Kevin Takumi (@KevinTakumi) November 28, 2021