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Man Charged in Hawthorne Hotel Shootout That Left Officer Hurt

A man accused of firing a rifle during a domestic dispute at a Hawthorne hotel then shooting at responding police officers was charged Monday with four counts of attempted murder and other felonies.

James Louis Boyd III, 37, pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts stemming from the April 7 shooting that left one officer injured.

In addition to four counts of attempted murder, Boyd was also charged with four counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and single counts of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.

Boyd is due back in court May 2.

Officers were dispatched about 9:20 a.m. April 7 to the 14400 block of Aviation Boulevard, in response to a man chasing a woman in the lobby of a hotel, according to Hawthorne police. Hawthorne Police Chief Michael Ishii said officers arrived to find the suspect running across the street and into a shopping center.

Prosecutors said Boyd was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at the hotel and fired shots from a rifle into the air.

When police responded to the scene, Boyd allegedly fired at one of the patrol cars, shattering an window, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran to the nearby mall, authorities said. One officer suffered a leg injury, and the suspect was also wounded, police said.

Boyd is facing 100 years to life in prison if convicted as charged, prosecutors said.

In another unrelated shooting in Hawthorne the same day, a man was accused of shooting and killing the mother of his 17-month-old during a custody exchange near the Hawthorne police station.

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