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The man who was shot and killed after a police chase in downtown Los Angeles was identified Sunday as Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.


Police pursued the driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

The chase began Friday around 9 p.m. with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies pursuing a man in a silver Corvette near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate.

The man, later identified as Beaird, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

At one point, deputies backed off the Corvette and allowed the department’s airship to follow the car through Cudahy, Huntington Park, South Gate and Walnut Park.


Brian Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside was shot and killed following a pursuit that ended in a violent crash. (Credit: DMV)

The Los Angeles Police Department picked up the chase when the Corvette entered the South Los Angeles area.

The pursuit ended in Downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when the Corvette slammed into another vehicle and a fire hydrant near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map).

The driver stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to being trying to flee on foot.

But video captured by Sky5 showed the driver collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police.

He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Beaird’s name.

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