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Police Shoot Man Accused Of Making Phony Hostage Call On College Campus
Authorities shot a man who they say made a call about a fake hostage situation today from a Torrance community college after he pulled out what they thought was a gun.
Police officers from El Camino College, which has its own police force, responded to a call a little after 11 a.m. from a man saying he saw someone holding a person hostage in the stairwell of a parking lot on campus, reported Daily Breeze. When police arrived, at first they didn't see anyone, but then another call about the hostage situation was phoned into the police dispatch, according to KTLA.
They then spotted a man who was on the phone and not holding anyone hostage standing in the parking lot, a school official, who did not want to be named, told KTLA. Officers apparently saw the man pull something out of his pocket, and it looked like a gun, so they shot him. It's not clear at this point if the man was actually carrying a gun.
"The person making the call claiming he saw someone holding a hostage was one and the same,” El Camino College spokeswoman Ann Garten told Daily Breeze. “There was no one holding a hostage. It was just someone making a call. He had what appeared to be a gun and when he removed it from his pocket, he was shot.”
The man was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown as this moment, and it's not clear where he was shot on his body.
El Camino College Police Department has enlisted the help of the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. to aid in the investigation.