Man Held on $2M Bail in Fatal Shooting of His Child’s Mother During Custody Exchange at Hawthorne Police Station

The man accused of fatally shooting the mother of his child during a custody exchange at the Hawthorne police station is being held on $2 million bail, county officials announced Monday.

Jacob Munn, a 30-year-old Hawthorne resident, got into an argument with the victim while switching care of their 17-month-old child at the station around 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Coroner identified the victim as 28-year-old Brenda Renteria of Simi Valley.

Munn fired a shotgun at Renteria, the agency alleged. An officer heard the gunfire and shot at Munn, but the attacker was able to get into his car and flee, Lt. Jim Royer told KTLA.

Authorities took protective care of the child, who was not hurt. Authorities provided no further details about the parents' custody of the toddler.

Police reported finding Munn's vehicle abandoned just over half a mile south of the police station. They located and detained him three hours later in the 4400 block of 134th Street, not far from where his car was discovered.

Investigators are currently interviewing family members, including the child's grandmother, who was with the victim during the custody exchange, Chief Michael Ishii told KTLA.

The fatal incident occurred just hours after Hawthorne police became involved in another shootout that stemmed from an alleged domestic dispute at a Marriott hotel.

In that incident, an officer was shot and wounded in the leg by a man accused of chasing a female at the hotel's property. The perpetrator, identified by police as 27-year-old James Lewis of Los Angeles, tried to evade officers and exchanged shots with them at a nearby shopping center in Manhattan Beach.

The gunfire drew a large response from various law enforcement agencies and prompted shoppers and others in the area to shelter in place.

Lewis was taken into custody not long after the shootout, police said. He sustained a gunshot wound in the torso, according to officials.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Editor's note: Hawthorne police previously provided an incorrect age for the suspect. This story has been updated. 

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