Brenda Renteria

Jacob Ryan Munn, 30, has been charged with murder and with possession of a firearm by a felon

April 11, 2019 12:56 PM

A California man has been charged with murder after police allege he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend outside a police station during a custody exchange of their 17-month-old son.

Jacob Ryan Munn, 30, met with ex-girlfriend Brenda Renteria on Sunday afternoon outside the police station in Hawthorne, California, to do the exchange.

Police say when Renteria arrived, Munn ran from the parking lot, leapt over some hedges and pulled out a shotgun. He then allegedly shot her right in front of the station before fleeing the scene in his car, reports. An officer ran out of the police station and fired on Munn, but he managed to escape.

Authorities blocked off the neighborhood and searched for Munn for approximately three hours. They later arrested him without incident.

PEOPLE confirms Munn has been charged with murder and with possession of a firearm by a felon. According to, the charges include the special circumstance of lying in wait.

The couple’s son was waiting inside the station for the custody transfer. He was not injured in the shooting and has been taken into protective custody.

KTLA reports the victim’s mom was present at the time of the shooting.

Jacob Munn

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Lt. Jim Royer with the Hawthorne police told ABC7 that custody exchanges are common at the Hawthorne Police Department.

“Every weekend we have quite a few people that come to the station that are here to perform custodies,” Royer said. “The exchanges are made here because police facilities are safe havens for people to come and report whatever incidents they may have.”

Munn is being held without bond, PEOPLE confirms. He has not yet entered a plea, and his arraignment was continued until April 24.

Court records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf. If he is convicted of the charges against him, he could face the death penalty.

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