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California suspect shot while holding gun to baby's head

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Dec 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-22 13:59:50-05

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A suspect barricaded for hours in a north Los Angeles County residence was fatally shot when he placed a gun to a baby's head, authorities said Thursday.

The child was not hurt in the Wednesday night shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. The department did not immediately release any information on the suspect's identity or connection to the baby.

The incident began Tuesday night with a high-speed vehicle chase. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday the suspect fired multiple rounds at pursuing California Highway Patrol officers, the department said.

The pursuit ended in a mobile home community in the high desert city of Lancaster.

“The suspect exited the vehicle with the infant child, had the handgun pointed to the infant's head and slowly walked away from our officers,” CHP Sgt. Alejandro Rubio told reporters.

The suspect barricaded himself in a home and the CHP called in a sheriff's tactical team.

“The suspect placed a gun to the child’s head while deputy personnel attempted to communicate with him, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” the department statement said.

The suspect died at the scene, a firearm was recovered and homicide detectives took over the investigation.