An man wanted for kidnapping a woman outside an LA Fitness gym was in custody Wednesday night after an alleged shooting spree targeting an off-duty FBI agent and members of the California Highway Patrol led to a high-speed pursuit and standoff in Malibu.
It started as an alleged kidnapping around 6:55 p.m. in the gym parking lot at De Soto Avenue and Nordhoff Street in Chatsworth, according to a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The off-duty agent saw a man in a black BMW kidnapping a woman from the parking lot and pulled his weapon, said Robert Clark, FBI special agent.
Liz Cook said she was inside her car ducking for cover after being told to “get down and lock your doors.”
Witnesses reported hearing five or six shots.
“We had an FBI agent that was here on personal business,” Clark said. “He witnessed what he believed to be a suspect attempting to kidnap a female victim, and a shooting occurred.”
LAPD officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon and began pursuing the man.
At one point, the man pulled over and let the woman out of the BMW before getting on the 101 Freeway.
CHP officers took over the chase at that point and followed the man to Bluffs Park in Malibu where he reached a dead end.
The man got out of the BMW and began running away on foot.
He ran into a brush covered hillside where he stumbled and fell several times as he attempted to elude officers, aerial video showed.
At one point, he appeared to throw an object into the brush.
He finally collapsed in a clearing where he remained for hours.
It was not clear whether he was injured.
Numerous squad cars could be seen parked at the bottom of the hill on Malibu Road.
The man was finally taken into custody by SWAT officers at 9 p.m. and loaded into an ambulance.
The alleged kidnapping victim was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.