A man wanted in connection with a shooting surrendered to authorities in a medical center parking lot in Monterey Park Wednesday morning after leading law enforcement personnel on an hour-long pursuit through multiple cities in Los Angeles County.
South Gate police detectives were investigating a May 29 shooting involving a high-powered rifle around 8 a.m., according to a statement from the department. Investigators had identified David Guiterrez of Lynwood as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Detectives then spotted Guiterrez's red Dodge Ram in Lynwood, officials said. Patrol officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it evaded police.
Shortly before 8:25 a.m., multiple units could be seen following the red pickup truck as the driver maneuvered erratically through traffic on surface streets in the Long Beach area., Sky5 video over the scene showed. A law enforcement helicopter was monitoring the situation overhead.
The driver could be seen running several red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road at times as he led authorities on surface streets through several cities, including Lynwood, South Gate, Downey and Commerce, the aerial footage showed.
By 8:40 a.m., the chase had reached the Montebello area.
A few minutes later, the driver pulled into the parking lot of the Care1st Health Plan parking lot, Sky5 video showed.
The driver then stopped the pickup truck in the parking lot, putting his left hand out of the vehicle in a gesture that appeared to show he was about to surrender.
Law enforcement officers had their guns drawn when the man climbed out of the pickup truck, put his hands up over his head and slowly walked toward the patrol vehicles, with his back facing them, the aerial footage showed.
The man was positively identified as Guiterrez, who was taken into custody without incident around 8:50 a.m.
Authorities discovered a loaded assault rifle with two high-capacity magazines taped together inside the truck, officials said.
Charges are pending and Gutierrez is scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to police.