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Mojave Desert gunman's life crumbled to bloody end

October 26, 2013
Associated Press

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Life had been unraveling for the man who led police on a wild chase across the Mojave Desert with hostages in his trunk.

Officers fatally shot Sergio Munoz (moon-YOHS') Friday after he killed one woman and wounded a man, then called police to say he would "wreak havoc" on the small city of Ridgecrest.

Munoz's 15-year-old daughter says in a Facebook post that her dad was a good person whose life was hijacked by drugs.

Police have said that Munoz recently lost his job, and his estranged wife says she was distancing herself and their kids from him because he was making bad choices.

It wasn't clear when Munoz took the hostages, both of whom were expected to survive gunshot wounds.



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