Alleged Gunman in Inglewood Standoff Appears in Court
Christopher Warsaw, the alleged gunman involved in an hours-long standoff and shooting last week in Inglewood, appeared in court Tuesday to face 26 felony counts, including attempted murder of police officers.
Warsaw did not enter a plea and was ordered to return for arraignment on Dec. 20.
He had been taken into custody on Nov. 27 after allegedly holding his girlfriend and her daughter hostage for more than eight hours at a home in the 10700 block of Fifth Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The 45-year-old appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court, Inglewood Branch, on Tuesday afternoon.
Warsaw’s defense attorney objected to the presence of news media in the courtroom, saying cameras could influence future proceedings. Judge Victor L. Wright denied Warsaw’s request that cameras not be allowed.
The charges against him include 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer or firefighter, 10 counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of kidnapping, one count of child abuse, two counts of false imprisonment of a hostage, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of making criminal threats, according to a press release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
The two injured officers were treated at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.
One was released a short time later. The other, was shot in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest, authorities said.
Warsaw faces life in prison.
He was being held at the downtown L.A. Men’s Central Jail on $11.7 million bail.