LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — A gunman shot and wounded a police officer responding to a domestic violence call in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood on Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside the home with two hostages before giving himself up, police and local media said.
The officer, who was shot several times, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, said an Inglewood police desk officer.
The wounded policeman was accompanied by a female officer and was shot as he approached the home.
“Before they could even get to the front door, they were under fire,” Inglewood police Captain James Madia told reporters.
“The male officer was struck in the chest. The female officer also, in trying to scramble and help the male officer and protect him, fell down, was slightly injured but not hit by gunfire.”
An unidentified official told a news conference broadcast by Los Angeles television station KCAL that the gunman had given himself up. He said the shooter had a criminal history and had held his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter hostage.