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Two Officers Injured During Inglewood Shootout With Gunman

Two Inglewood police officers were injured in an exchange of gunfire that led to a barricade situation Wednesday.

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An Inglewood man appeared in court Friday morning, denying allegations that he held his girlfriend and her teen daughter hostage in an hours-long standoff with police that left two officers injured.

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Christopher Warsaw looks at the judge during his arraignment hearing at Inglewood Superior Court on Dec. 20, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Christopher Warsaw, 45, is accused of shooting an Inglewood police officer during the dramatic Nov. 27 shootout that preceded the standoff in the 10700 block of Fifth Avenue.

He allegedly opened fire on the police who were responding to a report of domestic disturbance after Warsaw was spotted dragging his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter by the hair, according to witnesses.

The shootout was partially caught on cellphone video by a neighbor who described the scene as a “war zone.”

One officer was shot in the chest but was likely saved by his bulletproof vest; another officer was received a minor injury when running to the aid of her fallen colleague who had been shot.

After an initial court appearance on Dec. 3, Warsaw’s arraignment hearing was delayed until Friday, when he entered a plea of not guilty in Inglewood Superior Court.

Warsaw is charged with 26 felony accounts: 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer or firefighter; 10 counts of assault on a peach 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.

He faces life in prison and was being held on $11.7 million bail at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A.

His next court date was set for Jan. 14.

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.

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Christopher Warsaw appears in a blue jumpsuit in Inglewood Superior Court on Dec. 3 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

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.

The alleged gunman involved in a standoff and shooting in Inglewood was identified Thursday as Christopher Warsaw, authorities said.

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A SWAT team responded after two officers were injured during a shootout with a gunman in Inglewood on Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Warsaw, believed to be an Inglewood resident, was taken into custody Wednesday after the hours-long standoff, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His photo was not released to the media.

He was booked for attempted murder at the Sheriff’s Department South L.A. Station, and was being held on $1 million bail, officials said.

Warsaw was accused of shooting at Inglewood police officers, leaving two wounded, after barricading himself for nearly nine hours with his girlfriend and her teen daughter inside an Inglewood home, authorities said.

The two injured officers were treated at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.

One was released a short time later.  The other, who was shot in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest, was later taken to another hospital.

The second officer remained hospitalized on Thursday morning in good condition at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A massive police response was caught on video by the neighbor who said a shootout in Inglewood sounded like a war zone. Kimberly Cheng reports from Inglewood for KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

A man who shot at police officers, leaving two wounded, was in custody Wednesday night after barricading himself for nearly nine hours with his girlfriend and her teen daughter inside an Inglewood home, authorities said.

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A responding officer holds a rifle during a standoff with a gunman barricaded in a home with two hostages in Inglewood on Nov. 27, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Multiple rounds were exchanged after officers responded to a “family disturbance,” with the gunman first firing and then police returning fire, Inglewood police Lt. Oscar Mejia said at an afternoon news conference.

“It sounded like a war zone,” witness Kimberly Edwards said.

A gunman has a criminal history and had held a woman believed to be his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter hostage in the home, Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The gunman, whom authorities said would not be identified until he was booked, was in custody and the two hostages were safe, a spokesperson with the District Attorney’s Office told KTLA at about 9:15 p.m., nearly nine hours after police first responded.

Two wounded officers were treated at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. One officer was released and the other, who was shot in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest, was later taken to another hospital.

A massive police response, including a SWAT team, swarmed the home near the intersection of 108th Street and Fifth Avenue (map). Streets were shut down as the standoff continued for hours, and area residents were first told to stay in their homes and then the residences were evacuated.

In what was described as a “very delicate situation,” a crisis negotiation team had communicated with the armed man inside the home for hours, Dolson said at a news conference about 10:30 p.m. 

“Sometimes these things just take time. I guess finally the negotiators built trust with the suspect, and he felt he would be fairly treated,” said Dolson, adding the man did not make any demands. “He did what we wanted him to do, exited the house with his arms in the air.”

The teen girl who ran from the home was dragged back inside by the gunman, a witness said. That prompted the initial call to police, Dolson said.

Residents in the area were told not leave their homes until an officer or deputy came to help them evacuate the area, Mejia said. A nearby day care center was evacuated.

Although police originally indicated both officers had been shot, Inglewood police Capt. James Madia later said that only a responding male officer was struck by gunfire. He was wearing ballistic protection, Madia said.

“Before they could even get to the front door, they were under fire. The male officer was struck in the chest,” Madia said. “He’s got a significant injury to his chest, but he does not have a penetrating gunshot wound.”

A female officer was injured slightly when she fell while trying to help her male colleague, Madia said.

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A SWAT team responded after two officers were injured during the shootout. (Credit: KTLA)

The area was described as quiet by a neighbor, who said she had never witnessed any trouble associated with the home where the alleged shooter was barricaded was.

The brother of the woman who lives in the home was yelled at police to get his sister out of the home, said Kimberly Edwards, who lives across the street.

“Terrified. I’m still terrified,” Edwards said. “I just can’t believe it. I think I’m in shock… We’re working people and we’re not used to this kind of thing. “

KTLA’s Anthony Kurzweil and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene where many shots were fired at an Inglewood home, leaving two police officers injured. A standoff continued as a gunman held at least two captive. Steve Kuzj reports from the Inglewood for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Two Inglewood police officers were injured in an exchange of gunfire that led to a barricade situation Wednesday. One was hit in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest, while another was injured when she fell running to help her wounded colleague. Rick Chambers reports from Centinela Hospital Medical Center for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

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