A man was shot to death by South Gate police Tuesday morning after a pursuit that ended in a multi-vehicle accident, authorities said.
The man was shot to death by gunfire and killed at the scene in South Gate, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is carrying the investigations with South Gate police.
Capt. Darren Arakawa, a spokesman for South Gate police, told KTLA-TV that officers were watching on in the neighborhood just after 7:45 a.m. when they were alarmed of a stolen vehicle in the area.
During the investigations, detectives received information that vehicle stolen could be related to a carjacking in Los Angeles, Arakawa said.
Police officers cruisers started following and tracing the vehicle in a bid of stopping it.
The driver, however, kept on driving till he struck a vehicle at the intersection of California Avenue and Santa Ana Street, then the vehicle crashed into another vehicle, Arakawa informed the news station.
The suspect then crashed into three vehicles that were parked, the captain said.
Later on, the driver abandoned the stolen vehicle following the series of accidents, then, ran into an apartment complex. At that point, the police pursued the suspect on foot and started shooting at him. No police officer was killed or injured.
It “could have been a lot worse”
“The suspect exited the vehicle and ran northbound through the apartment complex … and South Gate police officers chased the suspect on foot. During the course of that foot pursuit, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” said Lt. Rodney Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is collaborating with South Gate police with the investigation.
Two people, on the other hand, were injured during the accident. The two victims were transported to hospitals in the area, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Moore said the injuries from the multiple crashes “could have been a lot worse.”