Police say the mother and father were meeting in front of the station at 12501 Hawthorne Boulevard in Hawthorne for a custody exchange of their 17-month-old daughter when the man killed the woman with a shotgun just steps from the station's front door.
An officer heard the gunfire, ran outside the station and spotted the suspect fleeing. The officer opened fire, but the suspect escaped.
Authorities say the suspect's black pickup truck was found less than a block away.
The shooting was reported just before 6 p.m. Police sealed off the area and searched for nearly three hours before finding the suspect in the 4400 block of 134th Street, only blocks from where he abandoned the vehicle.
The 30-year-old man was then arrested without further incident.
#update #breaking @HawthornePD have arrested wanted murder suspect.— Leanne Suter (@abc7leanne) April 8, 2019
He was found in a residential area in the 4400 block of 134th street..not far from where he abandoned his truck after fleeing the scene. #HAWTHORNE https://t.co/oHuuqOq6BJ
Female killed in front of the HPD station. Suspect vehicle located abandoned in the area of 133/Hawthorne. We are actively searching for the suspect. This is an officer involved shooting incident.— Hawthorne Police (@HawthornePD) April 8, 2019
Police say the little girl was waiting inside the station when the shooting occurred.
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