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    LBPD Rescues Woman Held Hostage Area Ocean/Gaviota, Shoots & Kills Hostage-Taker

    (August 29, 2005, updated Aug. 30) -- A woman held hostage -- who slipped a note out an apartment window urging a call to 911 -- brought a major LBPD and SWAT response to the area of 1700 block of E. Ocean Blvd. at Gaviota Ave...and with the woman's life apparently in immediate peril, officers rescued her and fatally shot the hostage-taker.

    LBPD says its preliminary investigation indicates that at about 10:00 a.m., loud noises were heard coming from inside the victim's residence although LBPD wasn't called at that time. However a note was subsequently found on the ground outside a window indicating someone needed help and to call 911...and that note prompted a call LBPD.

    In a written release, LBPD describes what it found following its arrival at 2:14 p.m...and through the desperate hours that followed:

    While officers were on scene they made contact with the female victim through a window and she indicated that she was being held hostage and needed help. At that time officers’ observed that the victim’s ankles were bound and she appeared to have been beaten. A short time later police observed a male subject inside the residence who told them that he was holding the female victim hostage, that he had a gun and that he was going to kill her.

    Due to the urgency of the situation S.W.A.T. officers were immediately deployed. The male suspect continued yelling to the S.W.A.T. Officers that he was going to kill the female victim. The suspect was subsequently shot and killed by a S.W.A.T. Officer at the scene.

    LBPD says the woman was found to have been severely beaten and was transported to a local hospital.

    The heavy police presence in the area and resulting perimeter snarled traffic along Ocean Blvd. and area streets for hours. ( posted an advisory on the developing situation at midafternoon, thanks to a newstipster who observed the police presence, thank you.)

    LBPD asks anyone with information about what took place to contact Homicide Detectives, Mark McGuire or William Matsubara at (562) 570-7244

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