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LAPD Kill Alleged Kidnapper, Murderer in Shootout

Associated Press

May 11, 2010

LONG BEACH, Calif.—A man who kidnapped and killed the mother of his daughter during an argument Monday was shot to death by police in a confrontation outside a Best Buy store in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said.

The confrontation in Canoga Park at around 10 a.m. ended a manhunt that began more than two hours earlier.

The identities of the man and woman were not immediately released.

The couple were involved in a dispute at around 7:30 a.m. in a Long Beach condominium when he forced her out of the condo to a nearby parking garage and shot her, Sgt. Dina Zapalski said.

It was not immediately clear whether the woman was the man’s wife or his girlfriend, she said. The couple’s daughter, who was in the condo, was not hurt. Zapalski did not know her age.

Officers answering 911 calls found the body, she said.

The area was cordoned off and a SWAT team called but a search of the garage turned up empty.

After the shooting, the 30-year-old man showed up at his uncle’s home in Woodland Hills, about 35 miles away, and said he had “killed his family,” Los Angeles police Lt. Dave Storaker said.

The uncle called police and the man drove away but officers spotted his car and followed it to a nearby Best Buy in Canoga Park, police said.

The man stopped in front of the store and the man got out with a handgun, Sgt. B. Alvarez said. He was shot after he refused orders to drop the gun, Alvarez said.

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