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Kidnapping victim shoots suspect while he drove during a police chase; baby was in the back seat

A woman shot her alleged kidnapper during a police chase on Thursday in Fairfield, California, while a 10-month-old baby was in the vehicle. The kidnapper died at the hospital. (Image source: Video screenshot)

Authorities in Fairfield, California, say a woman shot and killed her alleged kidnapper during a police chase on Thursday, while a 10-month-old baby was in the fleeing vehicle.

What are the details?

Police say the woman was a passenger in a white station wagon, when she yelled out to an officer on the street that she was being kidnapped.

"She was being assaulted and held against her will," Fairfield Police Department Lt. Greg Hurlbut told KTXL-TV. "[The officer] tried to stop that vehicle at the traffic stop and the driver took off driving down this road."

Fairfield police gave chase to the car, which crashed into two other vehicles at an intersection after just a few blocks.

KPIX-TV reported that the 22-year-old male driver had been shot by the 24-year-old passenger during the short chase, and officers also discovered a 10-month-old baby inside the car.

Witness Jefferley Azor told KGO-TV that he heard a loud screech that prompted him to walk outside to see what was going on and saw investigators surrounding the accident scene.

"I was like so shocked there was even a baby in the car in this big accident," Azor said. "I was like, 'Oh my God,' and the baby was crying.

"As they pulled the man out, he was bleeding on his chest, like two sides of his chest," Azor added. "After that, they put him on the floor and were trying to do CPR on him."

The driver was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

What else?

A notification from the police department said that the driver of the vehicle and the woman who shot him lived together and were in a relationship. Their identities are being withheld pending the notification of next of kin for the deceased, and because the incident is considered a domestic violence case.

The child was not injured in the crash.

Police say none of the officers discharged their weapons during the incident, and there are no outstanding suspects.



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