WHITTIER (CNS) – Authorities today identified a man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting after he abducted his estranged wife from the lobby of the Whittier Police Station at knifepoint.

Nicolas Moncada, 29, of Whittier died at a hospital following the shooting, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. Monday, the coroner’s office reported.

The incident began about a half hour earlier, when Moncada and his estranged wife were conducting a “child exchange” involving their two children at the police station, according to Deputy Trina Schraeder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

That’s when Moncada abducted the woman at knifepoint and forced her into a car with the children, a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, Schraeder said.

Moncada then drove to the 13800 block of Philadelphia Street, where the woman got out of the vehicle and walked away, Schraeder said.

Moncada drove away with the children in the car, but soon returned to the same spot, removed the girl from the vehicle and held her at knifepoint, Schraeder said.

Officers from the Whittier Police Department arrived around 6:30 p.m. and attempted to detain Moncada, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred, Schraeder said.

No other injuries were reported. Sheriff’s detectives were assisting Whittier police with the investigation.


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