A fire in Los Angeles' Harbor Gateway area became a far more complex situation that left a mother dead at the hands of her son, who then turned the gun on himself.
After firefighters arrived on the scene of a blaze at approximately 4:30 a.m., Jose Ramirez's mother asked firefighters to arrest her son. Authorities say that the request led to the 27-year-old going back into the house and returning with a weapon.
"He came back out with a firearm and shot his mother multiple times in the head," Captain Peter Whittingham of the LAPD South Bureau said. "The suspect then went back into the building."
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Firefighters took cover, and the gunfire prevented the firefighters from providing the gunshot victim aid, police said.
After a standoff, police said that Ramirez turned the gun on himself and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
No firefighters were injured, but witnessing the brutal killing left the first-responders shocked from the experience according to a fire captain at the scene. The fire captain also shared that counseling was offered for the firefighters present at the scene.