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Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a man who was shot by police after allegedly leading officers on a wild chase that began in Boyle Heights and ended on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello.

Aaron Lorta, 29, is charged with one count each of carjacking and fleeing a pursuing police officer’s vehicle while driving recklessly, along with three counts of attempted carjacking.

The criminal complaint alleges that Lorta wielded a “replica handgun” and was previously convicted in May 2013 of attempted robbery in Los Angeles County.

It was not immediately clear when Lorta — who is in a hospital jail ward — would be arraigned.

Lorta is accused of leading police on a chase that began in Boyle Heights near the intersection of North Mott and Cincinnati streets around 5:15 p.m. Monday when officers attempted to intercept a vehicle they believed to be stolen.

The chase went through downtown Los Angeles and as far south as Lynwood. The driver pointed a weapon at a 22-year-old woman and took her car after hitting another vehicle at Imperial Highway and Garfield Avenue in South Gate, according to authorities.

The pursuit, which was shown on live television, ended after Lorta ran in the eastbound lanes of Via Campo near Garfield Avenue in Montebello, where he was shot by officers around 6 p.m., police said.

Lorta allegedly tried to carjack two people inside one car and then tried to carjack another vehicle as officers pursued him on foot.

Officers said they saw a gun in Lorta’s hand and opened fire, striking him several times.

LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said as many as three LAPD officers may have fired on the suspect when “he exited the vehicle after a number of felonies and attempted to commandeer another vehicle at gunpoint.”

If convicted as charged, Lorta could face up to 27 years and 10 months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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