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California hostage standoff ends peacefully
A day-long standoff involving two hostages has come to a peaceful end in Southern California. But not before a fierce shootout with police that was all caught on camera.
The intense gun battle between police and an armed suspect lead to a nearly nine hour standoff with the gunman barricaded inside this Inglewood, California home.
"It sounded like an army or some type of automatic weapon," says witness Kimberly Edwards.
"We do have information that there may be hostages inside," said Lt. Oscar Mejia of the Inglewood Police Department.
It all started Wednesday afternoon when neighbors say the gunman showed up at his girlfriend's house. This man who didn't want to be identified says his nephew managed to escape the home and called 911.
"I just got a call from work that my niece and my sister were being held hostage."
When officers approached the house they came under heavy fire captured on this cell phone. One officer was hit -- his bullet proof vest saved his life and a second officer was injured.
As back-up arrived on scene you can see the wounded officers being carried away from the barrage of bullets. Investigators say the suspect also yelled out the window. He was willing to die for his crime.
Hostage negotiators were able to talk to the gunman and convinced him to surrender after nightfall. The hostages were released unharmed.
The officer who was shot in his bullet proof vest was hospitalized with a significant injury. But the bullet did not penetrate his chest.