On Sunday, around 3am, police were called out to investigate a “suspicious vehicle” parked on Manchester Blvd. in Inglewood, CA.
According to police, when they arrived, they engaged in a 45-minute standoff with the occupants of the car before opening fire on the man and woman inside the vehicle.
Police claimed that the woman in the car had a gun. A spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department said that the couple refused to obey the officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. He went on to say that the officers feared for their safety and opened fire on the car — killing the couple.
The following day, while responding to questions about the shooting, Mayor James Butts stated that both the man and woman were unconscious in the car.
According to Mayor Butts, “For at least 45 minutes, police attempted to rouse them in an effort to de-escalate the situation.”
After acknowledging that the couple was asleep, Butts quickly defended the officers, saying, “Obviously at some point they were conscious because somebody felt threatened.”
Both of the victims leave behind children. Kisha Michael, age 31, was a single mother of three sons. Marquintan Sandlin, age 32, was a single father of four daughters.