Inglewood Hostage Standoff Suspect Identified


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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department identified the suspect from the Inglewood hostage standoff on Thursday, November 28, 2013. The suspect, 45-year-old Christopher Warsaw, shot two Inglewood police officers and was arrested late Wednesday night after an approximately nine-hour standoff. According to officials, the incident began around 12:35 p.m. when Inglewood police responded to a domestic violence call at a home in the 10700 block of South 5th Avenue, near 108th Street. When police arrived, Warsaw opened fire on the officers and barricaded himself inside the home with two hostages, believed to be his girlfriend and teenage daughter.

The male officer was struck in his bulletproof vest and suffered blunt force trauma injuries. He was admitted to Centinela Hospital, transferred to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and is currently in stable condition. "He seems to be doing fine, he's talking," said James Madia, Inglewood Police Captain. "Fortunately, for all involved, they came out of it relatively okay," he stated. The female officer fell while attempting to protect her partner and suffered minor injuries, but has since been released from the hospital. As stated by Lt. Oscar Mejia of the Inglewood Police Department, both were ten-year veterans of the department. The officers' names were also not released to the public.

Later, a SWAT team responded to the scene. Warsaw eventually released the hostages after hours of negotiation and surrendered to authorities at approximately 9:15 p.m. "I guess the negotiator built enough trust with the suspect, who felt he would be fairly treated and safely taken into custody," said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.

Warsaw was booked on attempted murder charges and is being held on $1 million bail at the South Los Angeles Station. No booking photo was released and Warsaw is due in court on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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