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Armed hostage-taker killed in El Monte

December 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
An armed man that was holding a child hostage in El Monte was killed after a two-hour standoff.An El Monte police officer saw the armed man run into the Tai Pan restaurant in El Monte just after 3:20 p.m.

According to Det. Ralph Batres the armed man grabbed the 6-year-old boy off the street and ran into the Chinese restaurant where he held him hostage. The man was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans and was estimated to be in his 30s.

The man barricaded himself in a back room, according to authorities.

"The actions of the male caught the officer's attention. The officer ordered him to stop. The man ignored the officer and continued inside of the restaurant," said Det. Batres.

The area was evacuated the area and police set up a perimeter around the restaurant.

Officers were reportedly inside the restaurant trying negotiating with the gunman for about two hours.

In the early evening shots were fired, and at least one flash-bang grenade went off inside the restaurant. The man was declared dead at the scene. His name was not released.

The L.A County Fire Department later confirmed that the 6-year-old boy was shot in the thigh.

The boy was carried out on a stretcher by paramedics and was transported to County USC Medical, where he is in stable condition.

It was unclear if there was a relationship between the man and the boy.

No officers were injured in the standoff.


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