LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman used his baby son as a shield while he fired at deputies, who did not return fire until after the man’s ex-girlfriend took the child away from him, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
The 43-year-old man was hit by multiple gunshots but was expected to survive, a department statement said.
The drama that unfolded late Sunday in unincorporated Willowbrook was described by sheriff’s Lt. John Corina as a combination love triangle and attempted suicide.
The suspect confronted his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend around 10 p.m. outside a house on East 126th Street and shot him in the face with a revolver, then drove off with the 1-year-old baby, according to the department statement, which did not release any identities of those involved.
Deputies spotted the car and attempted to stop it, but the driver led them on a chase that finally ended up back at the house.
The man stopped his car and got out, holding the baby in one arm and the revolver in the other hand, pointing it at deputies who did not fire for fear of hitting the child, the statement said.