Crime & Justice

Gunman killed by police in Redlands after taking ex-girlfriend hostage at Office Depot

A man holds his ex-girlfriend hostage for more than two hours on the side of a Redlands street on March 24, 2016. The standoff with police ended with officers opening fire on the man and killing him.
A man holds his ex-girlfriend hostage for more than two hours on the side of a Redlands street on March 24, 2016. The standoff with police ended with officers opening fire on the man and killing him.
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A gunman who took his ex-girlfriend hostage after an Office Depot shooting was killed by police Thursday afternoon after he fired at her during a standoff, authorities said.

The man died at the scene following a lengthy effort to negotiate with him as he sat holding the woman a couple of blocks from the back of the store. 

The man died at the scene following a lengthy effort to negotiate with him as he sat holding the woman a couple of blocks from the back of the store.

"He did fire at her ... the officers fired at him to try to stop that threat and be able to try to save her life," Police Chief Mark Garcia said during a news conference in the university town about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

A television news shot of the two-hour standoff in Redlands in which police killed an armed man who was holding his ex-girlfriend hostage. In this image the man is holding the woman on the sidewalk between the two bushes. Police said they opened fire when the man fired his gun at the woman. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
A television news shot of the two-hour standoff in Redlands in which police killed an armed man who was holding his ex-girlfriend hostage. In this image the man is holding the woman on the sidewalk between the two bushes. Police said they opened fire when the man fired his gun at the woman. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition.
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Officers dragged the woman, who was not moving, to an armored vehicle.

She was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center and was in critical condition, spokeswoman Susan Onuma said.

The names of the gunman and the woman were not immediately released but family members told the Redlands Daily Facts that the woman's name was Kristin Bauer, 28, of Corona and she managed the store.

Garcia said a domestic dispute led to the hostage-taking.

"He came to the store, looking for her. She tried to get away and he followed her out of the store. At one point, he did fire a round in the store," grazing a man's finger, Garcia said.

The woman's father, Gregory Bauer of Corona, told the Daily Facts that his daughter called him by cellphone and said her ex-boyfriend had tried to shoot her in the store.

"It was like background noise," said Greg Bauer. "She kept telling him, 'You gotta let me go. You gotta let me go,' and he said, 'I'm not afraid to die.'"

The phone then went dead, he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The man and the woman wound up in a grassy lot near a sidewalk, where police talked to both of them during a standoff that lasted more than two hours. Television images showed the man holding a cellphone. At one point, he stroked the woman's hair and appeared to be talking to her.

Bauer told the Press-Enterprise that his daughter had been dating the man for several months and there were no previous signs of trouble, but she recently had suggested they stop seeing each other.

Bauer told other reporters that the ex-boyfriend hadn't appeared to be violent and something must have "triggered" him.