The Sheriff's Special Weapons Team preparing to enter the restaurant where a carjacking suspect is holed up. Photo courtesy of OnSceneTV
The Sheriff’s Special Weapons Team preparing to enter the restaurant where a carjacking suspect is holed up. Photo courtesy of OnSceneTV

An armed carjacking suspect who led officers and deputies on a high-speed chase and then ran into a Downey barbecue restaurant was killed in a deputy-involved shooting Thursday.

The male suspect ran into Chris’ and Pitt’s barbecue restaurant at 9243 Lakewood Blvd. around 7:45 p.m., after the car he was driving crashed following a PIT maneuver by a California Highway Patrol officer.

After the suspect ran into the restaurant, dozens of people began exiting and were corralled by law enforcement officers who surrounded the business with guns drawn.

The suspect was shot and killed after deputies with a Special Weapons Team from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau entered the restaurant, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Parker.

It’s unclear if any customers or staff remained inside at the time. Parker said the Special Weapons Team made entry when an unspecified “emergency” occurred.

The chase, which reached speeds around 80 mph, began in an unincorporated area near Whittier and continued north on freeways and streets through Monterey Park, Montebello and East Los Angeles for about 45 minutes before the suspect headed south to Downey, according to KCAL9.

The suspect fired shots as he ran from the crashed vehicle toward the restaurant, Parker said.

No officers or deputies were injured.

A sheriff’s helicopter picked up a LoJack signal from a stolen car and as deputies on the ground headed to the location, the chopper pilot and an observer saw the suspect carjack another vehicle at gunpoint on See Drive, Parker said.

During the chase, the suspect weaved through traffic, at times driving on the wrong side of the street. The car driven by the suspect collided with at least one vehicle during the chase, Parker said.

— City News Service

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