A Hollywood man who “confronted SWAT officers” with a firearm was shot to death by police on Wednesday, ending a six-hour standoff in a residential neighborhood that involved the evacuation of an entire block.
Leu Freycinet, 52, died in front of the home at 2241 N. 62nd Ave. that he bought in January.
The drama between Taft and Sheridan streets began with a phone call to WPLG-Channel 10, Hollywood police spokesman Christian Lata said.
“He stated he possibly had weapons and, if police didn’t respond, ‘really bad things are going to happen,’ ” Lata said.
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As officers got to the area, Lata said, they heard gunshots. The SWAT team and hostage negotiators soon joined other officers as the block’s residents were evacuated to a nearby church.
A standoff followed. Lata said from about 3:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Freycinet went in and out of the house several times. During the in-the-house periods, he would occasionally fire his guns inside and out the windows.
Finally, between 9 and 9:30 a.m., Lata said, Freycinet set fire to the house.
“The fire got bigger and started to consume the home,” Lata said. “The subject exited the home. He had a firearm with him. He confronted SWAT officers. Officers were forced to fire for their protection and the protection of the citizens around.”
Freycinet was shot dead. No one else was injured.