A man who allegedly shot and injured a police officer during a hostage standoff in Inglewood last week was charged Tuesday with multiple counts of attempted murder of a police officer, kidnapping and child abuse.
Christopher Warsaw, 45, was charged with 26 felony counts. They included 10 counts of attempted murder of a peace officer or firefighter, 10 counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of kidnapping, one count of child abuse, two counts of false imprisonment of a hostage, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of making criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, prosecutors said.
Warsaw was arrested after allegedly holding his girlfriend and her daughter hostage for more than eight hours.
The standoff began about 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 after Warsaw was seen allegedly dragging a screaming girl by her hair outside a residence in the 10700 block of 5th Avenue, police said. When officers arrived, shots were fired from inside the home, according to Inglewood Police Lt. Oscar Mejia. Residents said officers returned fire.
A male Inglewood officer was shot once in the chest but was "saved by his bulletproof vest," Mejia said. A female officer was injured when she fell while trying to help the wounded officer, according to police. Both were veterans with more than 10 years at the department, Mejia said.
"Fortunately, for all involved, they came out of it relatively OK," said Inglewood Police Capt. James Madia.