Suspected Kidnapper Taken Into Custody After Wild Pursuit Ends in Gunfire: LAPD

A man was taken into custody late Wednesday after a wild police chase that started with an alleged kidnapping outside a gym and included three separate shootings before it ended, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A man suspected of kidnapping a woman outside an L.A. Fitness took off on foot following a police pursuit, aerial video showed. (Credit: KTLA)

A man suspected of kidnapping a woman outside an L.A. Fitness took off on foot following a police pursuit, aerial video showed. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began at about 6:40 p.m. when an off-duty FBI agent encountered a man in a black BMW allegedly trying to kidnap a woman from the parking lot of an L.A. Fitness located at De Soto Avenue and Nordhoff Street in Chatsworth, LAPD Capt. William Hayes said on Thursday.

The off-duty agent tried to intervene and pulled out his weapon, according to FBI Special Agent Robert Clark.

“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.”

Witnesses at the scene reported hearing up to six gunshots.

The man was able to get away and fled the scene with the victim in his car, according to Hayes.

A short-time later, a second shooting took place when the California Highway Patrol encountered the man on Ventura Boulevard, Hayes said.

CHP officers pursue an armed man wanted for attempted kidnapping, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

CHP officers pursue an armed man wanted for attempted kidnapping, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

At some point, the man pulled over and let the victim out of the vehicle before getting on the 101 Freeway.

He continued driving, and authorities chased the him to the Pacific Coast Highway, according to Hayes. The pursuit ended on PCH at Malibu Canyon Drive after a third shooting occurred.

Aerial video from the scene showed him getting out of the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

The man, who had been hit by gunfire, was eventually taken into custody after a standoff. He was treated at a hospital for his injuries,” Hayes said.

It was not immediately clear if he had opened fire on officers, Hayes added.

The woman who was allegedly kidnapped received minor injuries. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Police were working to determine whether there was a relationship between the man and the victim, according to Hayes, who added that the incident was being investigated as a kidnapping and attempted murder.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this report.