Man Fatally Shot by Police on 101 Freeway in Calabasas After Pursuit; Southbound Lanes to Remain Closed Through Sunday Morning

Authorities shot and killed a domestic violence suspect at the end of a pursuit that led from Camarillo to Calabasas on Saturday, officials said.

The suspect in a chase is seen outside the vehicle he crashed along the 101 Freeway in Calabasas on Jan. 12, 2019. Following a standoff with officers, he was killed in an officer-involved shooting. (Credit: LoudLabs)

The shooting, which involved a Ventura County Sheriff's Department deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer, took place about 1p.m. on the southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway, just north of Las Virgenes Road, Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Information Bureau said in a written statement.

The encounter began more than an hour earlier when Ventura County deputies spotted the suspect, who was wanted in connection with a spousal assault case, driving in Camarillo, the deputy said. He was driving a car that had been reported stolen.

Sheriff's officials said the suspect refused to pull over and led them on a pursuit. CHP officers took charge of the chase about 20 minutes later.

The chase ended when the suspect crashed the car near Las Virgenes Road, officials said.

A standoff ensued for nearly an hour.

"The suspect exited the vehicle at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred," Viera said.

No further details were available regarding what prompted the involved CHP officer and Ventura County sheriff's deputy to open fire.

The identity of the suspect was not released pending positive identification and notification of family by coroner's officials.

Nearby surface streets were jammed as the freeway remained closed. Social media posts show vehicles packed bumper-to-bumper along the closed lanes. In one video, a motorist could be seen getting out of a vehicle to walk his dog on the freeway.

The northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway were reopened to traffic Saturday afternoon. But the southbound lanes were expected to remain shut down through at least 2 a.m. Sunday, according to Caltrans.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau are spearheading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.