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Inglewood hostage standoff: Suspect charged with 26 felony counts

A gunman was barricaded inside an Inglewood home with two hostages after opening fire on police on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

December 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
An Inglewood man who shot at police officers and barricaded himself in a house with hostages for hours before surrendering was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, kidnapping and child abuse on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Christopher Warsaw, 45, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He was charged Tuesday with 26 felony counts, including 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.

Warsaw could face life in prison if convicted.

Warsaw allegedly shot an Inglewood police officer in the chest on Nov. 27 when two officers responded to a family disturbance call in a residential neighborhood.

The second officer suffered a minor injury pulling the first officer to safety. The officer who was shot was wearing a bulletproof vest and survived.

Warsaw was allegedly holding his girlfriend and her daughter hostage at the woman's house near 108th Street and 5th Avenue. The standoff lasted more than eight hours before he surrendered to police at about 9:30 p.m.

Warsaw has a previous criminal record including a 2004 conviction for possessing a firearm by a felon and a 2009 conviction for DUI and driving without a license.