A carjacking suspect was fatally shot by police after a short pursuit ended in a multivehicle crash in the South Gate area Tuesday morning, authorities said.
The chase was initiated around 7:46 a.m. after officers patrolling the South Gate area were alerted to a vehicle that had apparently been carjacked out of the Los Angeles area, according to South Gate Police Department Capt. Darren Arakawa.
Multiple police units were following the stolen vehicle when they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Arakawa said. The male driver allegedly ignored the order and accelerated through the intersection, triggering a chain-reaction crash that started when the suspect hit the vehicle of the woman driving in front of him.
The force of the impact caused the woman's vehicle to spin out into opposing traffic and collide with a man's car, according to Arakawa. The woman was hospitalized, while the male driver was OK, he said.
The suspect, meanwhile, crashed into a parked car near the intersection of California and Santa Ana streets, which resulted in the car slamming into two other parked vehicles in front of it.
He then fled the from the vehicle, and officers pursued him on foot.
“The suspect exited the vehicle and ran northbound through the apartment complex … and South Gate police officers chased the suspect on foot. During the course of that foot pursuit, an officer-involved shooting occurred," said Lt. Rodney Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is assisting South Gate police with the investigation.
The man, who was shot once in the upper torso, died at the scene. His name has not yet been released.
It was not immediately known what prompted the gunfire. Sheriff's officials said a replica handgun was found at the scene.
Moore said the injuries from the multiple crashes "could have been a lot worse."
No further details were immediately released.