LAPD SWAT Shoots and Kills Armed Hostage Taker on Crime Spree
Los Angeles Police Department Press Release
Around 4:10 this afternoon LAPD Central Division began receiving radio calls of a man armed with a gun committing several crimes in the area of 8th and Broadway. What we know now is that the suspect had initially approached a man on the sidewalk near 8th and Broadway. The suspect held a gun to the man’s face and pulled the trigger.
Fortunately, the gun did not fire. The suspect then went to a business in the 700 block of Broadway. When he entered the business there were three family members inside. One of them was a 14 year old. The suspect pointed the gun at the group and fired at them. One of those rounds grazed the side of the 14-year-old’s head. He’s currently at a local hospital receiving medical treatment and is expected to survive.
The suspect then proceeded to the area 6th and Spring. There he attempted to carjack a female who was standing outside of her vehicle. He was unable to get inside of the car and fled to 7th and Spring.
At 7th and Spring he struggled with a man that was riding a bike. That man saw the suspect reach into his waistband where he was still armed with a gun. Security officers were in the area and flagged down responding officers. They directed the officers to the suspect. The officers chased the suspect and the suspect ran into an apartment complex at 6th and Main. The officers established a perimeter and began requesting additional resources including K9 and SWAT.
While a tactical plan was being put in place, officers became aware of surveillance footage from inside the apartment complex. They saw the suspect in a hallway armed with a gun forcing a female to come with him.
At that point, we knew we had a hostage situation. While LAPD personnel were outside of the complex they saw through a window, the suspect holding a gun to the hostage’s head.
Based on the already incredibly violent actions and fearing the suspect was going to kill the hostage, SWAT entered the apartment. An OIS occurred and the suspect was struck by gunfire and has died at the scene. The hostage has been taken to a local hospital. The firearm is at the scene.
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