UPDATE: 5:35 p.m. ― After an hours-long standoff with police, Chris Brown finally exited his home peacefully.
No arrests have been made at this time and everyone involved in the situation cooperated with police, according to Police Lt. Chris Ramirez, who spoke to reporters.
Ramirez also said that several people were evacuated from the house after a search warrant was served.
LOS ANGELES - Police surrounded and then searched the Los Angeles home of Chris Brown on Tuesday in response to a pre-dawn 911 call from a woman there who asked for help, and media reports said she claimed the pop star had pointed a gun at her.
Brown, 27, denied any wrongdoing and said on Instagram posts that he had woken up to find police outside and that they would need a warrant to enter the property in the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
“This morning, around three o’clock, officers responded to a radio call for a woman requiring assistance. The incident involved the residence of Mr. Chris Brown, where officers responded and met with that person,” Lieutenant Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters.
Police spent hours waiting outside Brown’s home before obtaining a search warrant and beginning a search of the sprawling premises in the early afternoon.
TMZ.com posted a photo of Brown standing outside the home with a police officer and his attorney, Mark Geragos, during the search.
An LAPD spokeswoman said the occupants of the home were being interviewed but no arrests had been made. She had no information on whether Brown had been detained. Geragos could not be reached by Reuters for comment.
TMZ.com said the apparent stand-off began with a call to 911 by an unnamed woman who had been a guest at the house on Monday night, and who told police the singer had pulled a gun on her.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the woman said Brown had pointed a gun at her in a violent rage and that she had run outside to call police.
TMZ showed live-streamed images of police and fire vehicles stationed outside Brown’s home.
In 2009, Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna, and in 2015 finished a lengthy term of probation, community service and domestic violence classes. Brown has also been involved in several other incidents involving violence.
“I don’t sleep half the damn night I just wake up to all these ... helicopters, choppers is around, police out there at the gate,” Brown said on Instagram.
“I don’t care y’all going to stay playing with me like I’m the villain out here, like I’m going crazy ... good luck when you get the warrant or whatever you need to do. You’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing you idiots,” he added.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler and Cynthia Osterman)