A 9-year-old boy abducted by his father following the slaying of his mother, prompting an Amber Alert, was in the custody of authorities Wednesday after his father was shot and killed by police in Tarzana.
The officer-involved shooting happened about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 5500 block of Lindley Avenue near Killion Street where 48-year-old Konstantin Morozov brought his son, Daniel Morozov, to a friend’s apartment, according to Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg. Police found the Morozovs after receiving a tip.
The elder Morozov, who killed Daniel’s mother and then abducted the boy Monday in Santa Maria in northern Santa Barbara County, emerged from the apartment and confronted officers, prompting an officer-involved shooting, Eisenberg said. A gun was recovered at the scene, according to Eisenberg.
An interview with the boy was pending Wednesday, said Eisenberg, who didn’t say if the boy witnessed the shooting.
According to the Santa Maria Police Department, Daniel was abducted at 8:39 p.m. Monday following the fatal shooting.
Police initially said the suspect was seen driving a blue 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback with license number 7JGG242, but that vehicle was found abandoned Tuesday morning in Santa Maria.
Police then said the boy and the suspect might be in a black 2017 Jeep Cherokee, license number 7XZK698, but that vehicle was located Tuesday afternoon in Santa Barbara.
Officers went to the shooting scene at 230 N. College Drive in Santa Maria Monday night and found a person dead, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. As a result of the investigation, police requested an Amber Alert for Daniel in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
—City News Service, staff