Truck Driver Leaves Country After Standoff Shuts Down LAX Parking Lot
A busy parking lot at Los Angeles International Airport was closed Monday as police investigated a vehicle after a woman called authorities to ask that they check on her husband.
Lot C, the airport’s long-term parking lot, was closed about 3:50 p.m., officials said.
LAX Airport Police set up a perimeter around Lot C to conduct a welfare check on a parked vehicle.
Police in Armed Standoff at LAX Parking Lot
No vehicles were allowed to enter or leave until about 6 p.m., although the lot entrance from Westchester Parkway and a portion of the lot where the vehicle was located remained closed, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez of the Los Angeles Airport Police.
The investigation was prompted by a woman who called authorities to say her husband was not communicating with her, Hernandez said.
The airport police Emergency Services Unit, similar to a SWAT detail, responded and determined the vehicle was empty.
That was not immediately apparent because the vehicle had dark-tinted windows, Hernandez said.
It was determined by 9 p.m. the reportedly “distraught truck driver” had caught a flight and left the country, authorities said.
Airline passengers and others who park vehicles in Lot C are typically ferried to and from terminals aboard airport-operated shuttle buses.
NBC4’s Beverly White and Whitney Irick contributed to this report.
Published at 5:50 PM PDT on Apr 24, 2017 | Updated 1 minute ago