TULARE, Calif. (AP) – A woman and the 9-month-old daughter she was holding were both shot by the father and left clinging to life, and the man later fatally shot himself during a long standoff at a Central California home, authorities said.
The 39-year-old woman and the baby were each in grave condition at local hospitals, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said.
“They are fighting for their lives,” he said.
The baby had been twice revived, and the woman had twice had surgery in the hours after they were shot, Boudreaux said.
The man, Larry Zamora, 37, was a known gang member with a violent history who was in a romantic relationship with the woman but was not married, the sheriff said.
During the 12-hour standoff Thursday he fired from the home and hit a police officer who was saved by his helmet, authorities said. The officer was treated and released from a hospital.
The initial shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. during an argument between Zamora and the woman, Boudreaux said. He opened fire as she held their baby in her arms.
Zamora then went to a home several miles away, where he barricaded himself inside, officials said.
The standoff ended at about 2:30 p.m. after deputies sent a robot inside the house, and it showed them an image of Zamora lying dead in a pool of blood next to a high-powered rifle, Boudreaux said.
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