Deputy Shoots Armed Car Theft Suspect After Pursuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An armed man driving a stolen SUV has been critically wounded by a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy after a high-speed chase.

Deputies investigating the theft of a Cadillac Escalade east of the city spotted the sport utility vehicle nearby. Investigators say deputies pulled up to the Escalade and the driver pointed a gun at deputies, leading to a five-minute chase.

Sgt. Michael Thomas says the chase ended Monday at about 8:20 p.m. when the suspect pointed the weapon at deputies again. The motorist was shot and he’s hospitalized in critical condition.

No deputies were injured.

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