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Los Angeles police shot and killed a man who took a woman hostage in a high-rise building in downtown Los Angeles after accidentally shooting at a group of people inside a business and trying to kill another female victim.

“Based on the already incredibly violent acts and fears that the suspect would kill the hostage, SWAT entered the apartment,” LAPD officials tweeted late Friday. An officer shot the suspect, who was “hit by gunfire and … died on the spot.”

The woman was taken to a hospital and her condition was unavailable Saturday.

The name of the suspect will be released pending notification of the relatives, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The LAPD’s central division began receiving radio calls around 4:10 p.m. Friday by an armed man who committed multiple crimes in the area of ​​Eighth Street and Broadway, LAPD officials tweeted late Friday.

“What we do know now is that the suspect had originally approached a man on the sidewalk near 8th and Broadway,” according to the tweet. “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 store in the 700 block of Broadway. When he entered the company, there were three family members inside. One of them was a 14-year-old, “police continued. “The suspect aimed the gun at the group and fired at them. One of these rounds grazed the side of the 14-year-old’s head. He is currently in a local hospital receiving medical treatment and is expected to survive.

“The suspect then proceeded to the area 6th and spring. There, he tried to carjack a woman standing outside her vehicle. He could not get into the car and fled until the 7th and spring. 7. and in the spring he struggled with a man cycling. The man saw the suspect reach into his waistband, where he was still armed with a gun. Security personnel in the area marked responding officers. They referred the officers to the suspect. Officers chased the suspect and the suspect ran into an apartment complex on 6th & Main. ”

Officers established a perimeter and began requesting additional resources, including SWAT and a K-9 unit.

“While a tactical plan was being drawn up, officers became aware of surveillance footage from inside the apartment complex,” police said. “They (officers) saw the suspect at one point armed with a gun that forced a woman to accompany him.”

Video taken by a Twitter user who was in a building near the high-rise building showed the man holding a gun to the hostage’s head and pulling her to various areas of the apartment before several police officers equipped with tactical equipment entered the room. Several shots are heard before the video ends.

Suspect shot and killed during high-profile hostage rescue in downtown LA was last modified: October 9, 2021 by Contributing editor

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