California’s Commerce Casino Evacuated After Distraught Man Brandishes Knife — Video

A knife-wielding suspect was apprehended after he confronted a security guard at California’s Commerce Casino and Hotel on Tuesday morning. The lower level of the popular cardroom was evacuated as a precaution, NBC News reported.

California’s Commerce Casino
California’s Commerce Casino
California’s Commerce Casino, photographed from the air. A knife-wielding man was apprehended at the cardroom. (Image: KCAL)

Eventually, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were able to apprehend the unnamed suspect.

The confrontation began at about 5:45 a.m. Initially, the distraught man got into a dispute with a security guard inside the gaming venue.

At one point, he threatened to stab guests and staff in a poker room, an eyewitness revealed to Fox News. The account could not be immediately verified by

As the standoff continued, Los Angeles County deputies tried to apprehend the suspect with a beanbag round apparently fired from a shotgun. Instead of surrendering, he barricaded himself in the cardroom, KTLA, a local TV station, reported.

About two hours later, it appears he was placed in an ambulance, and rushed to a local hospital, according to KCAL, another California station.

He was to get a physical and emotional evaluation at the hospital, KTLA said.

It is unclear if the suspect was injured. None of the responding deputies suffered injuries, KABC, another local TV station, reported.

During the incident, it appears the suspect was emotionally upset, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Pilar Chavez told local media.

The suspect had told witnesses that he wanted his life to end, reports said. It was unclear if he planned to take his life in a suicide.

Negotiator, Mental Health Team Responded

A specially trained negotiator was sent to the cardroom. The negotiator began speaking with the suspect in an effort to get him to surrender. Also responding were professionals who conducted a mental health evaluation on the man.

The suspect had a six-inch knife in his possession. He eventually dropped it, and deputies seized it as evidence, according to initial news reports.

It appears the suspect did not get into a physical struggle with anyone in the casino, reports said.

Hundred In Casino

It was also reported that some 100 people, including guests and workers, were in the cardroom at the time of the standoff. A police dog was sent to the gaming venue, but it was not used to apprehend the man.

TV reporters saw a dozen or more police and fire vehicles at the property’s parking lot.

The cardroom is located in Commerce, Calif. It is close to the 5 Freeway.

Commerce is about 10 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Commerce Casino does not have slot machines on its gaming floor. It is a cardroom with poker, blackjack, baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker, as well as other games.

It is one of about 72 cardrooms in the state.

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