A CHP motorcycle officer opened fire on stolen-car driver who fled and then tried to run the officer over in Downey on Thursday morning, according to the Highway Patrol.
The driver and his passenger were arrested, but it was not clear if they were injured. The motor officer was not hurt.
The incident began about 8 a.m. with a routine traffic stop for a minor moving violation on the northbound 605 Freeway at Imperial Highway, according to a CHP Southern Division news release.
A Santa Fe Springs-based CHP officer pulled over a blue Honda Civic, and the driver did not provide a license or identification. When the officer went to check on the name verbally provided by the driver, the Civic took off at a high rate of speed, according to CHP.
At that moment, a dispatcher told the officer that the Civic was stolen. The officer followed the Honda off the freeway and onto surface streets in Downey.
The car came to a “screeching halt” on Cecilia Street at Woodruff Avenue, and then the Honda reversed toward the motorcycle.
“Fearing for his life, the officer dropped his motorcycle and discharged his weapon several times striking the rear window and rear of the Honda,” the release stated.
The car ran over the motorcycle, and the two men fled ran away on foot. They were taken into custody by Downey police officers about 1 1/2 miles away, according to CHP Southern Fivision Officer R. Manzano.
One man surrendered without resisting, and a Taser was used on the other man.
The men’s names were not released, and it was not clear if they were injured. They were described by CHP only as being Hispanic and in their early 20s.