Amtrak Train Evacuated During Standoff with Armed Passenger
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About eight hours after tear gas was released during a standoff with police on Friday night, an armed Amtrak passenger was arrested outside of Los Angeles, ABC News reported.
At 6:19 p.m. Friday, Amtrak alerted police that passengers aboard Amtrak # 790 saw a passenger with a weapon, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Transit Bureau public information officer Ramon Montenegro told ABC News.
Train operators were told to stop at the train station in Chatsworth, Calif., and to evacuate the train, Montenegro told ABC News.
"Amtrak Train 790 – the Pacific Surfliner service, operating from San Luis Obispo to San Diego – is being delayed at the Chatsworth station for police activity,” an Amtrak spokesman told ABC News. “All 187 passengers and 5 crew have safely left the train and remain inside the Chatsworth station."
The only passenger who did not evacuate the train was the suspect, who had locked himself in, ABC reported.
SWAT Team officers and crisis negotiators were dispatched to the train station, Montenegro told ABC News.
Amtrak and the regional Metrolink train traffic were temporarily stopped, ABC said. Passengers aboard the train were taken by buses to an alternate train.
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