SOUTH GATE (CBSLA.com) – A carjacking suspect was shot and killed by officers in South Gate after a wild pursuit and chain-reaction crash Tuesday morning that left several vehicles damaged.
The fatal shooting occurred just before 8 a.m. at the boundary line between Huntington Park and South Gate. According to South Gate police, the chase began when officers picked up a LoJack on an SUV that had been reported stolen out of West Los Angeles.
“Some of our police units are equipped with LoJack devices,” South Gate police Capt. Darren Arakawa said. “So if there is a LoJack activation, and a vehicle is in the proximity of a police unit, it will pick that up.”
A one-mile pursuit with the SUV ensued before the suspect eventually crashed in the area of California Avenue and Santa Ana Street. According to police, the suspect rear-ended a car which was traveling in the same direction, spun out and slammed into three other parked cars.
The suspect, who police say was armed, got out and ran into a nearby apartment complex where he was shot and killed by officers, police said. Authorities did not disclose if the suspect fired at the officers, none of whom were injured. The suspect, whose name was not released, was described as a known gang member.
Meanwhile, it was not confirmed if the woman driving the car that was struck by the suspect was seriously hurt.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was brought in to investigate. Los Angeles police also responded since the SUV had been stolen out of their jurisdiction.
Anyone with information on the case should call LASD at 323-890-5500.