CALABASAS (CBSLA) — A domestic violence suspect was shot and killed by police at the end of a vehicle pursuit Saturday on the Ventura (101) Freeway in Calabasas, authorities said.
Paramedics were dispatched to the scene on the southbound freeway, north of Las Virgenes Street, at 11:20 a.m. for a “possible DOA,” said Capt. Ron Singleton of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Both sides of the 101 Freeway at Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas were closed Saturday following termination of the pursuit. Traffic was stalled for hours. Southbound lanes were expected to reopen at 2 a.m. Sunday.
The police chase ended in the armed standoff.
The California Highway Patrol announced the shutdown shortly after 11:30 a.m. in a tweet.
The pursuit started, Ventura County sheriff’s deputies say, after they got called to a home in Camarillo Saturday morning.
While they were there, they say the suspect took off.
CHP and Ventura County deputies faced off against the domestic violence suspect.
“It was really scary,” said witness Angel Tamayo.
Hundreds of halted drivers on the 101 watched the drama play out in the middle of the freeway.
“We were afraid because we knew he was armed,” said witness Lacey Butler.
Deputies and then CHP had followed the suspect from Camarillo to the 101 where he crashed just past the Las Virgenes exit.
Witnesses described the suspect as pacing back and forth.
Witnesses said they heard law enforcement trying to reason with him for a half-an-hour.
Deputies have not said yet what led to the shooting. Whether the suspect fired first or at all. They did say that no officers were hurt.
They also added that the suspect was wanted in another state and was considered armed and dangerous at the time of the shooting.
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