Video: 9-year-old girl emerges from car after pursuit, standoff, surprising LE
Officials say they were surprised to see the 9-year-old girl, who ran into the arms of a deputy
By Suzie Ziegler
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — A Los Angeles County deputy is recalling the moment he helped a young girl who was in a car during a pursuit and standoff involving her mother – unbeknownst to police.
Authorities say it all began with a road rage incident Tuesday evening in Diamond Bar, according to CBS Los Angeles. The suspect, 30-year-old Margaret Hassan, led police on a reckless pursuit through the county. Aerial video shows Hassan’s car hitting and scraping past other vehicles in traffic. Police had no idea that Hassan’s 9-year-old daughter was in the back seat, according to ABC 7.
At some point the car became inoperable, but Hassan refused to get out. Ultimately, a SWAT officer pulled up alongside Hassan’s car and deployed a tear gas canister into the cabin. That’s when a 9-year-old girl stumbled from the back seat in a cloud of gas.
Video shows Deputy Darell Edwards picking up the young girl and whisking her away.
"Seeing her exit that car I just wanted to go over and physically take hold of her, let her know it's OK," Edwards told ABC 7.
According to ABC 7, Hassan had repeatedly told deputies that she was alone. Deputies used drones to try to look inside the vehicle, but hadn’t seen the child.
"Tactics would have been completely different at that particular point, there would have been more negotiating with the safety of the child in mind," Cpt. Joseph Williams told ABC 7.
The girl was not hurt and she is now in custody of Child Protective Services.