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The driver of a stolen vehicle died early Thursday after being shot at by a police officer in Burbank following a short high-speed pursuit, authorities said.

An investigation was underway after a driver was killed in Burbank following a short police pursuit on March 5, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

An investigation was underway after a driver was killed in Burbank following a short police pursuit on March 5, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

LAPD officers began following a gray sedan around 1:45 a.m. after observing the vehicle driving erratically in the area of Magnolia Boulevard and Riverton Avenue in North Hollywood, according to Sgt. Frank Preciado with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The car had paper plates and had been stolen, Preciado said.

A pursuit was initiated after the car sped up. It lasted about six minutes and effectively came to an end when the driver turned into a "makeshift cul-de-sac" at National Avenue west of Pass Avenue in Burbank, Preciado said during an early morning news conference.

The driver and police patrol car then collided. At that point, Preciado said, the passenger officer inside the LAPD vehicle took out his or her gun and opened fire on the other car.

It was not known how many shots were fired, but witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots.

Authorities have not said if the driver was armed.

A short foot pursuit ensued in an alleyway west of Pass Avenue, and police were able to take the driver into custody.

Preciado said the driver was pronounced dead by the Burbank Fire Department a short time later. His identity has not yet been released.

However, it was not immediately clear whether he had sustained a gunshot wound and a cause of death has not yet been determined.

The Office of the Inspector General was investigating the incident.

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