Long Beach police shoot man holding woman hostage who was screaming for help – California News

Long Beach police shoot man holding woman hostage who was screaming for help – California News




Police shot and wounded a man after they discovered him holding a woman hostage with a sharp object at her throat in Central Long Beach on Sunday night, according to authorities.

Officers were called around 10:50 p.m. to a stabbing in the 900 block of Washington Place, one block west of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, police said.

A woman there had been stabbed several times in the upper body, and when officers found her, she told them she knew who the perpetrator was, according to police.

She also told officers that the attacker was holding another woman hostage on the next block, Long Beach police spokesman Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

Just south, at Ninth Street and Washington Place, police heard screaming coming from inside a house, according to authorities.

When officers got there and looked through an open door, they saw a man holding a woman against her will with something that looked like a knife against her throat, Johnson said.

Officers told him to drop the weapon, but he refused, so police called in SWAT officers to start hostage negotiations, Johnson said.

Police said the man used the woman as a human shield as he faced off with officers.

“(Officers) could hear the suspect making threats to the victim that he was going to kill her, as she was screaming for help,” police said in a news release.

Yasmin Ruiz, who lives across the street, said she heard officers giving orders over a loudspeaker.

“They were telling him he’s surrounded, but I guess he wasn’t listening,” she said.

After about 30 minutes, police shot the man so they could rescue the woman, Johnson said.

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