That may have saved the lives of others after a black gunmen killed two white or Hispanic people.
Dead are Luis Aguiar, 91, and Maria Teresa Aguiar, 59. A third person was killed, but unidentified pending family notification.
Arrested is John Izeal Smith, 44.
From our source we read:
A 911 dispatcher was lauded Monday for convincing a Pasadena gunman to surrender peacefully after he had allegedly fatally shot three people and wounded two others.Source ►
Smith fired on police officers responding to help one of the victims and then barricaded himself in a nearby home, police said.
During the ensuring standoff, Smith called 911 and spoke to dispatcher Diane Marin, who calmly talked him through his surrender in what police called a “20-minute tense dialogue.”
“I’ve never received a call from someone who had just committed a crime, especially of that magnitude,” Marin said during a Monday news conference. “Mainly I was concerned that this person still had weapons.”
Part of an audio recording of the call, in which Marin was assisted by a crisis negotiator, was released at a news conference at the Pasadena Police Department late Monday morning.
“They want you to come out with your hands up and they don’t want you to get hurt. … They don’t want you harmed,” Marin said in the recording.
“Tell them I’m coming out,” the gunman responded shortly thereafter.
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