Live on TV: Kidnap suspect's shoot-out with cops

Live on TV: Kidnap suspect's shoot-out with cops

A kidnapping suspect led police on a chase through South Los Angeles, in California, US, even as TV news helicopters hovering above beamed the drama live.

The suspect, who was not named, managed to evade the police for 30 minutes.

He even managed to drive around tyre shredders, US channel reported.

Driving a stolen car, he only stopped after almost hitting bystanders.

He then got out of the car and began walking towards the police cars waving a gun, the Mail Online reported.

Police opened fire and several shots hit him.

The suspect, who has been admitted to a local hospital, reportedly fired at police first.

His condition is not known.

The man walked to a house after being shot in what appeared to be his abdomen, and sat down on the porch.

He was bleeding through his shirt and sipping water from a hose before eventually surrendering himself to authorities after a stand-off that lasted over an hour.

Police were in the process of bringing in the Swat team and evacuating the area at the time.

The family who lived in the house was safely evacuated during the stand-off.

According to CBS Los Angeles "at least eight officers could be seen aiming weapons at the suspect".

No policemen were injured in the incident.


The suspect was then taken from the scene in an ambulance.

Before that, he was stripped of all his clothing so his wounds could be examined and to make sure he was not carrying any weapons.

His kidnapping charge stems from an incident last week in which he was accused of taking his wife of two years and pistol whipping (using a handgun as a blunt weapon) her, police said.

She was able to escape after he stopped at her mother's house to allow her to use the restroom.

Friends of the couple say they were going through marital problems.

This article was first published on March 15, 2015.
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