UPDATE: Heavily-armed LASD units shut down Parker Road for search warrant, arrest one

A Los Angeles County Sheriffs Bearcat sits in front of the Castaic Innafter a barricade suspect was taken into custody on Thursday, May 3ed 2018. Cory Rubin/The Signal


Heavily armed members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau executed a search warrant in Castaic on Thursday morning, shutting down a portion of Parker Road.

Within a couple of hours they arrested the man they were looking for.

More than a half-dozen SWAT-like vehicles were seen positioned around the I-5 north of Parker Road, from the off-ramps on either side of Interstate 5, were cordoned off shortly after 11 a.m. in support of the LASD operation.

A Special Enforcement Bureau Lenco Bearcat leaves the scene after a barricade suspect was taken into custody at the Castaic Inn on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Cory Rubin/The Signal

“We’re closing a couple of road and doing traffic control for them,” California Highway Patrol Officer Josh Greengard said at the time.

About 1 p.m., members of the SEB posted an update about the operation on social media announcing that it was over.

The SEB unit was helping officers of the Arvin Police Station in executing the warrant.

One suspect was taken into custody.

Asked if the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder, a deputy with the Avin PD said details of the arrest would be released later.

Roads closed during the two-hour operation on Parker Road and Ridge Route Road were reopened.

Details about the search warrant were not immediately available.

“They’re serving a search warrant in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Nicole Nishida, spokeswoman for the LASD told The Signal.

The Special Enforcement Bureau is a departmental support unit that provides a variety of specialized services throughout Los Angeles County.

It is currently composed of five details that provide the following: Canine Services and Search Detail; the Emergency Services Detail (ESD); the Special Enforcement Detail (SED-special weapons teams); the Mounted Enforcement Detail; and the Special Motorcycle Detail.

The Special Enforcement Detail (SED) is the LASD’s special weapons team. The LASD was one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to establish a SWAT team, with the first team being raised in 1968. (LAPD was the first police agency to do so in 1967.)

The SED is responsible for handling high-risk tactical situations involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations, and high-risk warrant services.

They also provide dignitary protection details for visiting dignitaries, conduct mobile field force deployments, and on a few occasions mission specific crime prevention for patrol stations, and detective units.

The SED is currently composed of six special weapons teams, with each team consisting of a team leader, a sergeant and seven deputies.

Deputies are assigned positions as either one of the two long riflemen, or members of the five-man entry team.

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