SANTA ANA ( — A pursuit suspect Thursday hit and killed a pedestrian after he was shot by officers in Santa Ana.

The suspect was wounded in an officer-involved shooting on the 1000 block of West Central Avenue around 12 p.m., police said.

He and two other male suspects were reportedly approached by officers who suspected suspicious activity, resulting in an altercation.

After shots were fired the three men fled the scene in a white Dodge Charger and led police on a brief pursuit.

The chase ended at the intersection of Flower Street and MacArthur Boulevard at 12:10 p.m. when the vehicle reportedly blew through a red light and hit an unidentified pedestrian.

The victim, described as a male in his late 40s or early 50s, died at the scene.

Police spokesperson Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KCAL9 the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run before the fatal accident.

The car was disabled upon its second impact, according to Bertagna. One suspect surrendered while the others attempted to escape. A second suspect was tasered. Another suspect was stopped by a police dog. That man was taken away by ambulance.

The suspect hit by gunfire was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Police believe at least one of the suspects was armed. It is unclear if any weapons were located.


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