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Santa Monica police kill domestic violence suspect

Santa Monica police shot and killed a gunman Friday night after he wounded a woman in a parking lot in the 1300 block of 7th Street, authorities said.

"It was a domestic violence situation," said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Mario Toti. "The suspect shot his wife or girlfriend in the upper torso and then he fled before police arrived at the scene."

Toti said several witnesses gave the first officer to arrive at the scene about 6:15 pm. a description of the suspect, which was broadcast to police units.

"Officers a couple of blocks away encountered him," Toti said. "The suspect produced a firearm and hit their patrol car. They returned fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

The woman was undergoing surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

-- Margot Roosevelt

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Junior Seau sure gets around....

Good work.

Outstanding work by SMPD. Glad you guys went home safe!

He produced a firearm and hit a vehicle? Is that like he busted a cap on a cop car?

Keep up the good work SMPD!! Outstanding! And thank God no officers were hurt.

And that's how you handle that!

Hit their patrol car? Does this mean he shot the car or physically smashed into the vehicle? Although I support the SMPD, it appears they killed him without any initiation of fire.

Done and done. SMPD are so, SO much better than the LAPD. To hear they weren't hurt and took this fool out for good earns them a thumbs-up.


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