Driver Killed, Passenger in Custody After Police Open Fire on Stolen Vehicle During Pursuit in Bellflower

Driver Killed, Passenger in Custody After Police Open Fire on Stolen Vehicle During Pursuit in Bellflower

The driver involved in a stolen vehicle pursuit was killed Tuesday morning after Long Beach police officers opened fire on the car when it turned an approached them in Bellflower.

The chase began about 5:55 a.m. near the intersection of North Paramount Boulevard and East Artesia Boulevard after police received a LoJack hit for a stolen vehicle out of the Los Angeles area, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

Sky 5 was over the pursuit about 6:10 a.m. as the vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed in Long Beach and through the Bellflower and Downey areas.

“At one point a handgun was thrown out of the vehicle,” Johnson said, adding that the weapon had been recovered.

The driver narrowly missed several collisions as the car sped through multiple intersections.

The vehicle appeared to be an older model Honda Civic, which had possibly been stolen, according to a CHP official.

Video showed a second person was sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat.

The chase continued on the 91, 710 and 105 freeways before the driver returned to surface streets in Norwalk, video showed just before 6:30 a.m.

Among the several near misses, video showed the vehicle almost hit a motorcyclist while traveling westbound through an intersection on Alondra Boulevard.

The pursuit came to an end about 6:40 a.m. when the driver entered a parking lot of a Storage Outlet facility on Foster Road in Bellflower.

The vehicle turned around in the parking lot and began to drive in the direction of officers who had blocked the exit and gotten out of their vehicles.

Long Beach police officers then opened fire on the vehicle, Johnson said.

The car rolled to a stop near the parked patrol cars at the entrance of the storage facility.

Video appeared to show several bullet holes in the vehicle’s windshield.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, Johnson said.

The driver has not been identified.

The passenger was taken into custody uninjured, Johnson said.

No officers were hurt in the incident, Johnson said.


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