Finally, just about one half-hour ago, he was coaxed from his hotel stake-out.
KNX news radio is reporting that 58-year-old Antonio Meza had begun to come out voluntarily, but -- as SWAT officers still believed him to be dangerous --
he was shot into sedation with an unknown weapon, which they will only say was "less lethal" than a gun.
Throughout the ordeal, LAPD officers were complaining about media helicopters circling overhead, asking them to please leave. They rushed to the scene after receiving a tip that Meza had entered a room at the hotel, located at 5950 Long Beach Blvd.
The rest of the guests were evacuated from their rooms early this morning.