Man detained after LA Times building lockdown

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 20 at 3:34 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a man who allegedly made threatening statements, forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building, is being held for a mental health evaluation.

Sgt. Keith Green said Saturday that a psychologist requested a 72-hour mental hold at a hospital.

The man, who works at a call center that rents office space in the Times building, was detained Friday night.

The Times says (http://lat.ms/1f9Hfzn) that after the man was reprimanded by his supervisor, he gave her a pillowcase containing ammunition and told her: "I'm not afraid to shoot people, but I don't want to go to jail."

Green said officers seized the ammunition and determined it belonged to the man.

The building is across the street from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Officers quickly searched the building and found no weapon inside.

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