Suspect In Inglewood Standoff Charged With More Than 20 Felony Counts
INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A man who exchanged gunfire with police, took a woman and teenage girl hostage and barricaded himself inside an Inglewood residence for more than eight hours last week was charged with multiple felonies Tuesday, including 10 counts of attempted murder.
Christopher Warsaw faces 10 counts of attempted murder on a peace officer and 10 counts of assault with a semiautomatic weapon on a peace officer.
The 45-year-old Warsaw opened fire last Wednesday before barricading himself inside the residence while holding his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter hostage, for which he faces two counts of false imprisonment.
Warsaw also faces counts of kidnapping, child abuse, making criminal threats and possession of a firearm by a felon, the District Attorney’s Office said.
The incident began around 12:35 p.m. when Inglewood police responded to a domestic-violence call in the 10700 block of South 5th Avenue, near 108th Street, officials said.
The suspect was seen dragging his girlfriend’s teenage daughter into the residence, according to witnesses.
Two Inglewood police officers were injured in the standoff.
A male officer was struck by gunfire in a bullet-resistant vest, suffering blunt force trauma injuries. He was admitted to Centinela Hospital and transferred to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The female officer suffered minor injuries falling while trying to protect her partner, police said.
A SWAT team later responded to the scene and surrounding homes were evacuated as a result of the ongoing standoff. The suspect released the hostages and surrendered to authorities around 9:15 p.m.
Warsaw is being held on $11.7-million bail and will remain jailed until his arraignment, scheduled for Dec. 20.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
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