A suspect wanted in three drive-by shootings, two deadly, between USC and downtown Los Angeles led authorities on a pursuit Tuesday morning that ended when his SUV was boxed in by police vehicles on the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Fullerton.
The Los Angeles Police Department released few details of the shootings, but planned a news briefing later Tuesday morning near the site where the chase ended. Fox11 reported the suspect died in a shooting after his vehicle was boxed in by police on the freeway.
Officers in two armored vehicles blocked the light-colored SUV from moving around 4 a.m. near the Harbor Boulevard freeway exit and began inserting tear gas a short time later, and the suspect opened fire, Fox11 reported.
The sequence of events began about 1 a.m., when a man was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle in a Starbucks drive-thru near Figueroa and 28th streets. The driver of a Cadillac Escalade was killed later at Figueroa and Seventh streets, Fox11 said.
A third shooting was reported but the driver was not hit, the station said.
A pursuit that lasted nearly three hours, often at slow speeds, traveled along the Pomona (60) and Orange (57) freeways before coming to an end on the westbound Riverside Freeway near Harbor Boulevard, where two LAPD armored vehicles boxed in the suspect’s light-colored SUV about 4 a.m. By 5 a.m., the suspect was dead, Fox11 reported. It is unclear if the suspect shot himself or was struck by police gunfire, the report said.
Both directions of the 91 Freeway through Fullerton between Raymond Avenue and East Street were closed while an investigation was conducted.