CNN: Autopsy to determine if police killed toddler
by Last Night in Little Rock
Sunday evening, the LAPD SWAT team encountered a man with a gun who was allegedly using his 19 month old child as a human shield. According to the LAPD spokesman, the gunman fired on the officers and they fired back killing both the gunman and the child. CNN.com carried video of the story since yesterday along with its story here.
Bratton said the fatal shooting was only the second time a hostage had been killed since the department formed its SWAT team in 1967. In that time, SWAT officers have responded to 3,800 calls involving hostages or people barricaded inside buildings.
It was the second time in nine months that Los Angeles officers have fired on an assailant holding a hostage. In November, police shot a man who held a pregnant woman by the neck outside the Mexican Consulate. Officers pulled the woman away unharmed and the man later died.
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