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Santa Monica police kill domestic violence suspect

October 22, 2010 | 10:56 pm

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