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Suspect Allegedly Shoots At CHP Officers 3 Times During Wild Chase

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HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CBS)  — California Highway Patrol officers shot at a suspect Saturday who allegedly fired three shots at them during a wild three-county pursuit on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights, officials said.

The chase came to an end on the westbound 60 just east of Hacienda Boulevard around 2 p.m., CHP Officer Christian Cracraft said.

Edward Lawrence, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said the chase began in Moreno Valley.

The condition of the suspect, who was detained, was unknown. He complained of chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital.

“He gave up near Hacienda Boulevard,” Cracraft said.

The suspect was driving a Land Rover that had reportedly been involved in a car jacking. When the suspect entered the vehicle police followed. Deputies tried to make a stop and the chase was on.

One bullet fired by the suspect reportedly hit the fuel tank of a police cruiser. The second bullet, said Lawrence, struck a patrol car’s hood. It is not known where the third bullet struck. Deputies searched for a spent shell casing.

Sgt. Steve Licon said, “It’s definitely dangerous for anyone to be in a pursuit. And it’s extremely serious when citizens are around. We try to keep everyone back behind it.”

According to Lawrence, after the suspect was arrested, he told police he was on drugs.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

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