Crime & Justice

At least 1 dead after high-speed police pursuit ends in gunfire

Screenshot from NBC Los Angeles

One man is dead after an early morning high-speed pursuit around southeast Los Angeles County ended with police opening fire on the car when it reached a dead-end and turned around and drove toward officers. 

Another person crawled out of the car and surrendered shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday and officers pulled a second person out and could be seen performing CPR.

TV news helicopters followed the pursuit as the car raced at extreme speeds on streets, boulevards and freeways, narrowly missing collisions with other vehicles. It sped through Downey, and Compton before ending in Bellflower.

It finally came to an end when the car turned down a road that led to a closed gate and the driver turned back toward officers.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the pursuit originated in Long Beach, but there are no details on what prompted it. Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector Richard Licon confirmed some of the details to KPCC.

"We were dispatched at 6:45 for a gunshot wound at the 10000 block of East Foster Road in Bellflower. Sheriffs were on scene to the end of a pursuit, officer involved shooting at that location," he said. "We were staged one block out. Once cleared to enter, we assessed the patient and our squad, 98th and Bellflower, pronounced the patient at 6:57."

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