Authorities Arrest Suspect Who Shot at Officers During Carjacking Pursuit


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities arrested a man Friday at the conclusion of a wild three-county chase in which the driver of a reportedly carjacked black pickup fired at pursuing officers and hit triple-digit speeds before crashing into a pole in the Harbor City area.

The chase ended after the suspect sideswiped a vehicle and struck a pole near Western Avenue and 252nd Street. He then fled the pickup and was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. There was no immediate information about the suspect's condition.

The chase reportedly began in Corona in Riverside County, moved through the Anaheim area in Orange County, then into the Long Beach-Lakewood area in L.A. County before concluding in Harbor City.

Along the way, it traversed freeways and local streets, continued at times on the wrong side of the road, and at one point encountered a group of school children in a crosswalk in the Lakewood-Long Beach area -- where the driver stopped to let the children cross safely before resuming his flight from authorities.

The chase began around 3 p.m. About half an hour later, the suspect fired the first of multiple bursts of gunshots at pursuing authorities. Reports of a second round of fire shot at authorities occurred around 3:50 p.m. on Bellflower Boulevard.

He appeared to be armed with a high-caliber, semiautomatic weapon.

An apparent bystander was taken into custody at the scene as police were cordoning off the area at the conclusion of the arrest. It was unclear why that man was arrested.

There were no reported injuries. No further information was immediately available.

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