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VENTURA (CBS/AP) — A motorcyclist has been fatally shot after leading a California Highway Patrol officer on a chase north of Ventura.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s office, which is investigating the shooting, said the chase began Saturday afternoon after the motorcyclist, who was spotted speeding on Pacific Coast Highway, refused to pull over for the officer.

Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Buschow said the motorcyclist went over Highway 101 and onto a canyon road before crashing and going down an embankment. He said the shooting occurred at the end of the chase and the motorcyclist died at the scene.

Amanda Burden, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said officials on the scene would not say whether or not the motorcyclist was armed.

Buschow did say that it is standard procedure for an officer to draw his weapon at the end of a chase.

The officer was not hurt.

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