Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Monday that investigators were still trying to determine what led to the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old pursuit suspect after he crashed his Corvette in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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 Brian Newt Beaird, of Oceanside, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.
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.
The video also appeared to show that the unarmed Beaird was hit by non-lethal rounds before deadly force was used. Bean bags could be seen bouncing off Beaird’s body and along the sidewalk and street around him.