In my home state of California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (wooo LASD!) SWAT team rescued a 2 year old girl after her father shot and wounded her mother and held her hostage for two hours.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Ward said that deputies responding to a call found the wounded woman outside the house.
“He refused to surrender or release his daughter, while making threats to kill himself,” Deputy Ed Ward said.
Deputies believed the child was in imminent danger and fired a single shot that killed Arvallo when he was not near the child, authorities said.
According to the linked story, the mother was hospitalized with an abdominal wound, but is in stable condition. The father who threatened his daughter and shot the mother of his child in the stomach died from a single shot from LASD SWAT at the scene, which is in my estimation about what he had coming.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the country, spanning an area over three times the size of Rhode Island, and performs a large array of law enforcement services in that area, as well as assisting with brush fire control, and rural search and rescue.
Tomorrow we’ll have more in the week long “Only Ones” series, highlighting the valuable and often quite thankless job done by America’s law enforcement officers.