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July 27, 2014

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Operators praised in surrender of rampage suspect

Updated Monday, July 14, 2014 | 2 p.m.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two 911 operators are being praised for bringing a peaceful end to an armed standoff after three people were shot to death and two others wounded in a Southern California neighborhood rampage.

Pasadena emergency services operator Diane Marin told a press conference Monday that the barricaded suspect called Saturday afternoon and said, "I killed someone."

During the 20-minute phone call, Marin persuaded the man to surrender while another operator relayed information to officers surrounding the house where he was holed up.

Police took 44-year-old John Izeal Smith into custody without firing a shot.

He's being held without bail in a Los Angeles jail and is scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday. Police say they initially erred in reporting his age as 35.