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Saturday 21 April 2018

Man held after armed stand-off aboard US train

The incident took place aboard an Amtrak train (AP)
The incident took place aboard an Amtrak train (AP)

One person has been arrested after US police used tear gas to end a stand-off with an armed man who barricaded himself aboard an Amtrak train.

The man was taken into custody without incident in Los Angeles and police recovered a handgun, Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said.

The train carrying 187 passengers and five crew members was evacuated on Friday night after several people reported seeing a man with a weapon acting erratically.

The train bound for San Diego was stopped in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles as police conducted a search.

The stand-off ended nearly eight hours later after tear gas was deployed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The department tweeted a photo of a man in handcuffs wearing a cap, green shirt and shorts.

Amtrak identified the man as 46-year-old Oxnard resident Darius Palmer.

Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, according to Amtrak policy. Passengers can check rifles, shotguns and handguns if they meet certain requirements, including notifying the rail agency beforehand, unloading the weapons and storing them in locked containers.

The stand-off forced temporary delays of commuter trains which share the same tracks. Buses shuttled the evacuated passengers to other train stations.

Amtrak cancelled two trains on Saturday as the investigation continued.


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