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Man who fired at Hawthorne police officers responding to domestic dispute charged with 4 counts of attempted murder

An Oceanside man was charged with attempting to kill four Hawthorne police officers who responded to a domestic violence call and engaged in a shootout with the man earlier this month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday, April 15.

James Louis Boyd III, 37, allegedly fired at a patrol car in a parking lot, shattering the window as police responded to a domestic violence call at a nearby hotel, prosecutors said.

He was arrested after a shootout with officers in a parking lot near Rosecrans Avenue and Aviation Boulevard, police said. Boyd and one of the officers were wounded in the melee.

Boyd is charged with four counts each of attempted murder and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and one count each of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence. All of the charges are felonies.

Boyd allegedly was allegedly involved in a dispute when he fired shots from a rifle into the air, prosecutors said.

Police received the initial call about 9:20 a.m., April 7, of a man chasing a woman in the parking lot of a Marriott Hotel with a handgun. Police arrived and found the suspect running westbound across Aviation Boulevard toward the shopping center parking lot, police said.

Boyd allegedly fired his weapon as he tried to get away, prompting officers to return fire. One of the officers, a 15-year veteran of the force, was hit in the leg, police said.

Boyd eventually gave himself up without a struggle as officers continued to search the parking lot, police said.

The incident brought police and SWAT teams from multiple agencies around the region, as the intersection straddles three cities – Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo.

If convicted, Boyd faces a maximum sentence of 100 years to life in state prison, prosecutors said. They planned to request his bail be set at $5 million.

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