Man Fatally Shot by Police in San Fernando After Pursuit Ends in Crash, Authorities Say

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A man who led officers on a short pursuit was fatally shot after he crashed his vehicle into another car in a San Fernando intersection on Monday, police said.

Police and firefighters responded in San Fernando on Jan. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Police and firefighters responded in San Fernando on Jan. 11, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began about 11:55 a.m., when authorities initiated the chase for an unknown reason, according to San Fernando Police Department Chief Anthony Vairo.

The pursuit terminated a block away, at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Hubbard Street, when the driver's vehicle crashed into another car, he stated.

It was unclear what occurred next, but the incident resulted in the pursuit suspect being fatally shot, according to Vairo. He was unsure whether the man was shot inside or outside the car.

A witness who was working in an apartment nearby said she heard six or seven shots fired.

Aerial video over the scene showed a blood-stained white sheet covering a body in the roadway near a silver car, which had a partially shattered back window.

The driver's identity has not been released; Vairo described the man as being in his 50s.

Police and firefighters responded in the San Fernando area on Jan. 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Police and firefighters responded in the San Fernando area on Jan. 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Two males inside the other vehicle -- a black sedan with a totaled front end -- were injured in the collision and taken to local hospitals, the chief said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The intersection was closed off early Monday afternoon, and Vairo encouraged motorists around 2 p.m. to avoid the area for at least the next several hours.

At least a half-dozen police patrol cars and four vehicles from the Los Angeles Fire Department were at the scene shortly after 12 p.m., video from Sky5 showed.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was headed to the scene to aid in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to contact the Sheriff Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or by visiting the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.