Man Picks Up Son From Day Care, Kills Him

A man who shot to death his 4-year-old son and wounded his estranged wife in Long Beach was killed by police here Thursday night after wounding an officer in a shootout, authorities said.

A man believed to be Brian Manuel, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 11 p.m. shooting in the Orange County (search) city, Lt. Al Panella said.

"We think it's the same guy," he said.

Westminster is 10 miles southeast of Long Beach, where police said Manuel killed his son, Joshua, hours earlier.

Manuel picked up the boy from day care, drove to an area and pulled over, then called the mother and pretended the car had broken down, Long Beach police Sgt. David Cannan said.

Paula Manuel showed up shortly after 4 p.m.

Manuel's son was placed in the back seat of the woman's car. Manuel then began shooting at his estranged wife, police Officer Israel Ramirez said.

He was still firing as she ran across the street, flagged down a passing car and was driven away, Ramirez said.

Police said Manuel then returned to the mother's car and shot into it, killing Joshua.

"It was a premeditated, deliberate murder," Cannan said.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital and Paula Manuel suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

About seven hours later, Westminster police got a telephone tip that Manuel had been renting a room from a family. Neighbors recognized Manuel and his car from news reports and notified the family, Lt. Bill Lewis said.

The family had left the home by the time officers arrived at the address.

"Mr. Manuel became aware that they were there, came out of the house armed with a handgun and engaged the officers in a gun battle," Lewis said.

Manuel struck an officer before he was shot to death.

Panella said the wounded officer was struck in the back but his bulletproof vest prevented serious injury.

"It appears that he's going to be OK," he said.