A pursuit suspect, believed to be armed, barricaded himself in a Sherman Oaks home Monday afternoon.

Officers attempted to pull over the speeding suspect on the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway at Winnetka Avenue at 12:57 p.m., but he failed to yield, according to Officer Jose Barrios of the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect crashed twice during the brief chase, at least once into another vehicle, then at about 1:10 p.m. he barricaded himself inside a home in the 4000 block of Vesper Avenue, Barrios said.

At 3 p.m., the suspect was still holed-up inside the home, and Barrios said there were reports of residents running out of the home, indicating that the suspect might not live there.

All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed at Hayvenhurst Avenue as officers investigated reports of shots fired by the suspect during the chase. The lanes were reopened as of 3:22 p.m., but traffic was still backed up.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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