Gunman Holding His Baby Shoots at Deputies: Sheriff’s Department

An armed 43-year-old man holding his baby was shot after he opened fire on sheriff’s deputies in Willowbrook Sunday night, authorities said.

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A member of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department ropes off the scene of a deputy-involved shooting that occurred in Willowbrook on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Credit: OnScene.tv)

Homicide detectives responded about 11:15 p.m. to the 2400 block of East 126th Street to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deputy-involved shooting, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident started about 10 p.m. after the man went to his ex-girlfriend’s home and shot her new boyfriend in the face, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. He then took off with his 1-year-old son and led deputies on a short pursuit, Corina added.

The man returned to the scene and got out of the vehicle while holding his baby in one hand and a revolver in the other, according to an updated news release.

He pointed the gun at deputies, but authorities didn’t open fire because they didn’t want to hurt the child, officials said.

Shortly after, the man tried to enter the home once again, but the doors were locked, authorities said.

While still holding his young son, the man pointed the gun at deputies and shot at them, but again deputies didn’t shoot, according to the news release.

“Finally, the ex-girlfriend (the baby’s mother) opened the front door and took the baby away from the suspect and returned inside the house,” authorities said in the news release. “Once the ex-girlfriend had the baby, the suspect again pointed his handgun at the deputies and that is when a deputy involved shooting occurred.”

The man was struck by gunfire multiple times, Corina said. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, but was expected to survive, authorities said. His name was not immediately released.

The child was not injured, and the woman’s boyfriend was expected to survive, Corina said.

No deputies were hurt in the incident. The man’s gun was recovered at the scene, according to officials.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. People wishing to remain anonymous were urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

KTLA’s Jennifer Gould contributed to this report.