Earlier, the suspect had allegedly shot a 14-year-old victim inside a business in the city, leaving the teenager with a head injury.
Los Angeles police shot and killed an armed suspect and rescued a hostage Friday after the suspect held his weapon to the victim’s head, police said.
Officials said LAPD officers were chasing a suspect on foot when he allegedly fired at town residents and attempted to kill a woman. Officers followed the suspect to an apartment building and watched his movements on a surveillance camera.
“They saw a suspect armed with a gun forcing a woman to accompany him,” the department tweeted late Friday. “At the time, we knew we had a hostage situation. When LAPD personnel were outside the compound, they saw through a window, the suspect holding a gun to the hostage’s head.”
SWAT officers then entered the apartment building on the grounds of “already incredibly violent actions and were going to kill the suspected hostage”.
The suspect was shot by the officers and died on the spot. Police said the hostage was taken to a hospital but his medical condition was not immediately known.
A witness reportedly recorded the incident from across the road and posted a video Twitter. The video shows the suspect being held hostage, then SWAT officers walking in – as well as the sound of several gunshots.
The department said officers had originally responded to reports of an armed man suspected of committing a crime in the area that allegedly involved putting a gun in the face of a man and firing — though the gun was not turned off — and Firing at age 14-old inside a business. Police said the child’s head was grazed and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.