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Barricaded standoff at Palm Desert apartments concludes


A barricaded standoff between police and two suspects inside an apartment complex in Palm Desert concluded Tuesday night.

For nearly four hours, Riverside County Sheriff's units surrounded the area of Country Club Drive and Harris Lane.

"We seen the car over there so I'm assuming it was a car chase they must have lost control got out on foot Suspect came down here hop the wall, cops chasing them so right now I think it's just a game of hide-and-seek," said Donavan Archer, an eyewitness.

Roads in the area were closed for several hours. Residents say police conducted a door-to-door search at the Desert Oasis Apartments, just around the corner from the site of the crash. Some told News Channel 3's Jake Ingrassia they were told to shelter in place.

"The police are going door-to-door they're telling them, 'Get down, shelter down, shelter down. Go lay in the bathtub,' and then they're out there right now screaming, 'Come out, come out with your hands up' with a loudspeaker," said Sarah O'Keefe, a Desert Oasis resident.

Some residents were even forced to evacuate their homes.

At the scene, News Channel 3's Jake Ingrassia saw SWAT vehicles and deputies armed with rifles. He also heard several flashbangs be deployed.

Suspects are barricaded inside Desert Oasis Apartments in Palm Desert, according to people who live there. This after witnesses saw a car crash on the sidewalk. Jake Ingrassia KESQ is live on scene with the latest. MORE:

Posted by KESQ News Channel 3 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

One man said he came face to face with one of the suspects.

"I just seen all kinds of cops swarming in. I seen a couple people running from them and one of them tried to check me or something, tried to pull me and that's when the cops came and," said Henry Hernandez, an eyewitness.

Neighbors say they've seen the crashed vehicle before.

"That car lives in our complex. Whoever lives there lives in our complex, belongs. That car belongs to someone who we know who lives in there," said Savannah Newey, a Desert Oasis resident.

Newey continued, "It's a Dodge Challenger. It's like a black color, probably 2016 or 2017. It's in there all the time and there's only one that's in there. The windows are tinted it's blacked out. It's it for sure."

At this time, it's not clear whether any arrest has been made, however, deputies told residents there was no longer a threat after 11:30 p.m.

There still no word on what led to this incident, stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates.

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