Shots Fired During Pursuit Through East L.A.; Suspect Arrested

A man was arrested Saturday morning after he crashed into a store in Montebello and led officers on a pursuit through East Los Angeles, where shots were fired, the Montebello Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities initially said the suspect was attempting to shoot pursuing officers, but the news release issued later said the suspect was attempting to "hit" officers' vehicles.

At around 3:00 a.m., Montebello Police officers responded to a burglary alarm at JC Penney’s in Montebello Town Center, where a vehicle was seen crashing into the storefront of the business and then fleeing. Officers found the vehicle in the city of Pico Rivera and a pursuit ensued, leading officers into East Los Angeles, where the suspect "attempted to hit both civilian motorists and police units," Montebello Police said in a news release.

An "officer involved shooting occurred" in the area of Alma and Whittier Boulevard, police said.

The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed near a train station on the 6000 block of East 62nd Street in the City of Commerce at around 4:15 a.m., where he was taken into custody, police said.

Police said the suspect was not struck. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured.

The suspect, 37-year-old Tom Rojas, was booked on attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading charges, according to the news release.

Officers were seen blocking traffic later Saturday morning on Whittier Boulevard between South Ditman Avenue and Indiana Street.

California Highway Patrol, Montebello Police, Los Angeles Police Department and the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station were all involved in the incident.

No further information was immediately available.

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