COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) – A man was hospitalized after being shot Thursday morning in an apartment building in Compton, where the suspect then opened fire on sheriff’s deputies, barricaded himself inside a unit and started a fire, authorities said.

Thick black smoke was seen rising from the second-floor apartment on the 100 block of Acadia Avenue after the barricade situation began around 7:30 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Law Enforcement Office, the agency’s SWAT team, was on the scene with crisis negotiators. At one point, heavily armed deputies placed a ladder outside an upper level window and helped a woman escape from inside.

The man believed to have been shot by the gunman has been taken to hospital in an unknown condition, authorities said. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

Deputies were seen going to nearby houses and apartments, informing residents of the situation and escorting them to safety.

The fire and standoff was in progress at 8:30 a.m. Shortly after, the suspect was taken into custody and firefighters were allowed to approach the building to extinguish the flames.

The identity of the person in custody was not immediately released.

The circumstances leading to the initial shooting were under investigation.

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