Thursday, July 14, 2005

Autopsy finds LAPD killed child during shootout with father

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A toddler whose father held her as a shield during a gun battle with police died of a single gunshot fired from a police officer's rifle, authorities said Wednesday.Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey released the autopsy reports of 19-month-old Suzie Pena and her father Jose Pena, 34, who were both killed Sunday in the hours-long shootout at Pena's auto repair business.
The girl died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and her father died of multiple gunshot wounds, the reports said.A toxicological examination to determine whether Pena had drugs or alcohol in his system will take several weeks, Harvey said.
"Our hearts, prayers, thoughts go out to the family, particularly the mother," Police Chief William Bratton said at a news conference Wednesday...


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