Two Killed in Pursuit of Stolen Pickup Truck; Two Suspects in Custody

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PANORAMA CITY (CNS) - Two people were killed and two others were in custody Tuesday evening after a high-speed police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck that began in the Westlake district and ended with a collision in Panorama City.

The pursuit began at approximately 7:48 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Alvarado Street, near Olympic Boulevard, after Los Angeles Police Department officers received a call regarding a stolen black Toyota Tacoma, Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton told reporters at a news conference.

The suspects noticed that police were following them and "began to take evasive measures to get away from the officers," Hamilton said.

The stolen truck suspects sped into Panorama City driving north on Woodman Avenue where they crashed into a Honda Civic with two adults inside.

One of victim in the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene and the other victim died en route to a hospital, police said.

The suspects fled on foot after the crash but were quickly captured. One suspect "sustained injuries during a use of force takedown" and was also shot with a Taser during the arrest, Hamilton said.

The names, ages and genders of the victims were not immediately known.

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