Authorities Wednesday identified a carjacking suspect who was shot to death at the end of a police chase in South Gate while carrying what turned out to be a replica handgun.
David Pacas, 36, died at the scene of the Tuesday morning shooting near Santa Ana Street and California Avenue, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His home town was not known.
A woman reported to Los Angeles police that her Honda Pilot was taken from her at gunpoint about 7 a.m., and about 45 minutes later, the SUV was located by South Gate police officers in that city, according to a sheriff’s statement.
The officers tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver sped off, triggering a westbound pursuit on Santa Ana Street to California Avenue, where the SUV crashed into a woman’s car and some parked vehicles, sheriff’s officials said.
The driver, who officers believed was armed with a handgun, got out of the Honda and ran to an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Santa Ana Street, according to sheriff’s detectives, who are assisting South Gate police in the investigation.
“During the foot pursuit of the suspect, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” according to the sheriff’s statement. “The suspect was struck in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators discovered upon further examination that the firearm carried by the suspect was … a replica.”
The woman driving the car that was hit by the SUV was hospitalized in fair condition. No officers were injured.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
–City News Service