Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A man who was shot by police after leading officers on a wild chase that began in Boyle Heights and ended on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello pleaded no contest Monday to felony charges of carjacking and fleeing from police.

Aaron Lorta, 30, is set to be sentenced Feb. 17. He faces 16 years and four months in prison under the terms of the plea negotiated with prosecutors.

The chase began near the intersection of North Mott and Cincinnati streets around 5:15 p.m. Feb. 9, 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. Authorities said 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.

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

Officers said they saw a weapon in Lorta’s hand — prosecutors said it turned out to be a replica handgun — 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 (committing) a number of felonies and attempted to commandeer another vehicle at gunpoint.”

Lorta has a 2013 conviction for attempted robbery in Los Angeles County, according to the criminal complaint.

— Wire reports 

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