Officials Shoot Fugitive at Defense Contractor’s Headquarters in Pasadena

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Authorities with a federal task force shot and wounded a fugitive on the campus of a Pasadena-based engineering firm that does national defense work late Tuesday afternoon.

The gunfire erupted as a regional U.S. Marshals task force was tracking a man wanted on a warrant near the 100 W. Walnut St. headquarters of Parsons Corp. — just north of the heavily trafficked Old Pasadena shopping district — around 5 p.m., Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles said.

Suttles could not confirm what crime or crimes the man is suspected of but described him as a "known felon."

Once the officials located the man driving near a company parking structure, they boxed his vehicle in an attempt to take him into custody. But something prompted authorities to open fire, the sergeant said.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed the crash scene, with a gray sedan pinned against the road's right curb by another gray sedan and a black SUV, the latter facing the trapped vehicle head-on. The gray sedan sat nearly perpendicular to the suspect car and appeared to have at least two bullet holes in its hood.

The suspect was shot in his upper thigh, but was able to get out of the vehicle and run into the parking structure. The man made his way up to the third floor and found someone, likely returning to their car after work, and asked them for a ride, Suttles said.

The person agreed, but once the pair made their way down to the bottom of the structure, the driver noticed the heavy police presence and realized the man was likely involved, according to the sergeant.

The driver abandoned their car, which drew the attention of the officers. Authorities again made contact with the suspect and were able to arrest him without further incident, Suttles said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Suttles was unsure whether the man was armed.

According to the sergeant, the officers at the scene took "very, very serious consideration" of using lethal force in the populated area.

Though no Parsons Corp. employees were ordered to evacuate, they were ordered to stay put as authorities searched the area, Suttles said.

Several men in police uniform and vests and other men in suits could be seen convening in a parking lot shortly after the incident unfolded.

Glendale police are taking the lead on the investigation because the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force office is in Glendale, according to Suttles.

Pasadena police were also assisting in the response, Lt. Jason Clawson said.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the day on which the incident occurred.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.

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