The suspect accused of shooting an Inglewood police officer and taking two hostages was captured Wednesday night and held in jail on $1 million bail, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
45-year-old Christopher Warsaw was accused of holding his girlfriend and her teenage daughter inside the woman’s home against their will for hours before surrendering to negotiators after nearly nine hours. The incident reportedly began when the suspect dragged the daughter into the house by her hair.
KABC-TV reported that the suspect fired on officers responding to reports of the domestic disturbance and, at one point, yelled that he was ready to die. One officer was shot in the chest but was only bruised thanks to his protective vest. A second officer reportedly suffered a lesser injury after falling while trying to help her colleague. Neither of the hostages were injured.
“I guess the negotiator built enough trust with the suspect, who felt he would be fairly treated and safely taken into custody,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the Times.
Members of Warsaw’s family told KABC that he refused to return to jail after reportedly committing his third offense under California’s “three strikes” law.
Watch KTLA-TV’s report on Warsaw’s surrender to police, aired on Thursday, below.
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