Suspected Gunman in Custody After Hawaiian Gardens Standoff

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A man suspected of shooting the mother of his children surrendered Saturday afternoon in Hawaiian Gardens after a police pursuit and a barricade situation inside a vehicle, authorities said.


SWAT tried to gain access to a man barricaded in a vehicle on April 5, 2014. He was suspected of shooting the mother of his children. (Credit: KTLA)

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call around 12:30 a.m. near Rolling Meadow Street and Burrage Street in Eastvale (map) about someone possibly armed with a deadly weapon, Deputy Armando Munoz said.

A woman had been shot at least six times with a small-caliber weapon, Munoz said. Deputies did not find a suspect or victim at the location.

The alleged gunman dropped the woman off at a hospital, then fled the area in a white Dodge, according to authorities.

The victim underwent surgery and was expected to survive, Munoz said.

Hours later, around 8:50 a.m., Lakewood sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street (map), where the man suspected of shooting the woman had barricaded himself in a vehicle after a pursuit, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

About 2:25 p.m., sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau personnel “introduced tear gas into the vehicle in an attempt to have the suspect surrender,” Deputy Amber Smith said in a statement. “The suspect refused to surrender, at which time a K-9 was deployed.”

The man was taken into custody, treated for minor injuries and transported to a hospital, according to Smith. He will be released to the custody of Riverside County sheriff’s officials.

Carson Street and Norwalk Boulevard, which had been closed during the standoff, were reopened after the incident ended.

It was unclear if the shooter and the victim were married, but they had two children together, Munoz said.

Both children were not with the man and woman at the time of the shooting and were safe and at an undisclosed location, Sgt. Brandi Shaw said.

The incident occurred just hours before the Hawaiian Gardens 50th Anniversary Parade and Carnival was scheduled to begin.