Hostage standoff ends at El Segundo popcorn factory

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Police say an executive held at gunpoint at a Southern California gourmet popcorn company has been freed and a company employee is under arrest.

El Segundo police Capt. Bob Turnbull says the standoff at the Popcornopolis distribution center ended after about three hours Tuesday.

It started when a woman walked into an office with a handgun and took the company’s chief financial officer hostage. Their names have not been released.

The woman told other employees to leave the building as police officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the building.

Turnbull says crisis negotiators convinced the woman to surrender.

The executive was not hurt.

Investigators are trying to determine the woman’s motivation.

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