Passenger in Fatal Van Nuys Shooting, Pursuit Held On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder

VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — A woman who was arrested after a brief pursuit and shootout with Los Angeles police is being held Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and obtaining credit using a false identification.

Officers attempted to pull over the driver, a male suspect, and 26-year-old Vanessa Acosta in a silver Nissan sedan for a minor traffic violation around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The 22-year-old male suspect and Acosta refused to comply with officers, sparking a brief pursuit near Van Nuys Boulevard and Firmament Avenue, Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

The man, who had an extensive criminal history, fired at officers during the five-minute chase that ended when the driver lost control after police hit the vehicle at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Firmament Avenue, police said.

Allegedly the suspect exited the car and continued to shoot at officers, who returned fire.

The male suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Acosta, who suffered minor injuries from the car crash, was taken into custody.

She is being held on $550,000 bail.

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