BREAKING: Man Armed With Axe Barricaded In Car Wash

A man in Gardena is barricaded in a car wash with an axe.

A man in Gardena is barricaded in a car wash with an axe.

UPDATE: This appears to be a disgruntled ex-employee of the business who decided that showing up with an axe and getting all choppy was the best way to deal with getting fired. SWAT is on scene and trying to negotiate with the suspect.

Gardena, California – A man, who has armed himself with an axe, has barricaded himself in a Gardena car wash.

A call came in to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department around 1 PM about a vandalism in the area of Alondra and Avalon Boulevards. When deputies arrived, they located a man armed with an axe, who then barricaded himself in the nearby Aquamax car wash.

LASD has been asking people for the past two hours to avoid the area, for ‘police activity” as they have shut down the roads to deal with the suspect. The local news media appear to be making the situation worse as they creep inside of the police perimeter to try to grab a picture of the armed suspect.

"I'm sorry deputy, am I not supposed to be inside of your perimeter?" (Christina Pascucci / KTLA)

I’m sorry deputy, am I not supposed to be inside of your perimeter?(Christina Pascucci / KTLA)

This story is developing and we will keep you updated as more information comes in.