Hostage held in California standoff; 2 officers wounded


At least one person was being held hostage by an alleged shooter who barricaded themselves inside a home after two police officers were wounded in Inglewood on Wednesday.

An armored SWAT vehicle could be seen where the incident was taking place near the intersection of 108th Street and Fifth Avenue in Inglewood. Dozens of police cars lined the nearby streets and at least one police helicopter was circling in the sky.As of 1:50 p.m., the alleged shooter was still barricaded in a home, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It was unclear how many hostages were in the home, but Inglewood police Capt. James Madia was initially told that one woman was being held.

The extent of the injuries to the officer who was shot were unknown, however he was expected to survive, according Madia.

A female officer was also wounded in the incident, but suffered only minor injuries, Madia said.

Although police originally indicated both officers had been shot, Madia later confirmed that one of the officers suffered injuries unrelated to the shooting.

Residents were asked to stay indoors and lock their doors, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora said.

“Just please stay out of the area,” Mora said. “…It is a quite dynamic situation. It’s kind of dangerous to be out in the street. If you don’t need to be there, please stay out of the area.”

The area was described as quiet by a neighbor.

“Terrified. I’m still terrified,” Kimberly 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. “

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