The Associated Press
SAN MATEO, Calif. — A mother and an armed suspect died after a shootout involving police at a local home Tuesday.
Loan Kim Nguyen, 24, was fatally wounded in the incident, authorities said. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was found dead.
A SWAT team went to the house in the morning after a man called to report that an armed robber had entered the residence with his wife and two children inside, authorities said.
According to San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer, the suspect was unwilling to negotiate and fired at officers when they tried to enter the house.
Nguyen managed to barricade herself in a bedroom above the garage with her two children, ages 1 and 3.
As she was lowering her children to officers standing on a van in the driveway of the home, Manheimer said the suspect began firing blindly through the walls of the bedroom.
She said police returned fire as one child was safely taken away. Nguyen handed the second child to an officer before crumpling to floor of the bedroom, Manheimer said.
She was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The children were not harmed.
"The victim in this case is nothing short of a hero for saving the lives of her two small children from the crazed gunman," Manheimer said.
She said it's not clear yet who fired the bullets that killed Nguyen or the suspected intruder. But she said police were not shooting when Nguyen was hit.
Although it's not clear what brought the suspected intruder to the house, Manheimer said he may have had a connection to the residence.
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