Authorities Take Driver Wanted for Questioning in Homicide Case into Custody After Lengthy South L.A. Pursuit

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A man wanted for questioning in a murder case was taken into custody in Lynwood following a pursuit through residential areas and surface streets in South Los Angeles, police said.

LAPD officers found firearms and narcotics in after searching a car they pursued through South Los Angeles on April 18, 2017.

A homicide suspect had already been arrested, but the pursuit driver was possibly in possession of evidence that was used in the killing, according to Los Angeles police Officer Sal Ramirez.

The pursuit driver was not being considered an accomplice, Ramirez noted. In a subsequent search of the driver’s car, which took place after he led police on a lengthy pursuit and later surrendered to police, LAPD officers found firearms and narcotics, police said in a Tweet.

A man in gray, 4-door sedan, who was wanted for questioning in a murder case, led police on a pursuit on April 18, 2017. (Credit: LAPD)

Authorities began chasing the gray, four-door sedan after arresting the homicide suspect at 12:18 p.m. in the 1200 block of East 100th Street in Green Meadows, LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said.

The driver was detained at 1:45 p.m. after giving himself up at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood.

The man had at one point been driving on the eastbound 105 Freeway but exited onto surface roads in the Lynwood area before heading into Watts.

Around 1:15 p.m., the pursuit was winding through streets in the Florence-Firestone area. The pursuit driver maneuvered erratically through traffic, narrowly avoiding other cars and pedestrians in crosswalks.

The driver wove through various South L.A. neighborhoods before doubling back toward Watts, continuing to snake through residential areas and past strip malls on surface streets. Police attempted to deploy spike strips on a quiet street near homes, but the driver was able to avert them.

The pursuit passed by Charles Drew Middle School on Firestone Boulevard, narrowly avoiding pedestrian school children.

By 1:30 p.m., he was heading up Avalon Boulevard through Green Meadows before driving back southeast to return to the South Gate area.

The driver then drove back through Lynwood, where just before 1:45 p.m. he stopped near a red light and exited the car with his hands raised.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime contributed to this article.

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