Man Convicted of Attempted Murder of Police Officers, Rape of Child Hostage During Inglewood Standoff
A 47-year-old Inglewood man was convicted Thursday of nine counts of premeditated attempted murder of police officers and the kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl during a nine-hour standoff in 2013.
Jurors also found Christopher Warsaw guilty of nine counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, two counts of false imprisonment of a hostage and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Officers with the Inglewood Police Department were called to the 10700 block of Fifth Avenue on Nov. 27, 2013, after neighbors reported seeing Warsaw dragging his girlfriend’s screaming 14-year-old daughter into a home, the release stated.
During the nine-hour standoff that followed, Warsaw opened fire on police, shooting one Inglewood officer in the chest, according to prosecutors. Police said the officer was likely saved by his bulletproof vest.
The shootout was partially caught on cellphone video by a neighbor who described the scene as a “war zone.”
Police were eventually able to take Warsaw into custody and free his girlfriend and her daughter, who were held hostage during the ordeal.
Warsaw is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus multiple life terms, at his sentencing, which is set for April 15.