Suspect in Deadly Downey Liquor Store Robbery in Custody After Pursuit Ends With Shootout in Vernon Area

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A man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Downey liquor store clerk was taken into custody after a wild pursuit and standoff in Vernon on Friday that ended with him exchanging gunfire with law enforcement, according to the Downey Police Department and aerial video.

Armored vehicles surround the suspect's car in Vernon on May 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Armored vehicles surround the suspect's car in Vernon on May 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The pursuit came to a dramatic end in the area of Downey Road and Bandini Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. when the Prius became boxed in by other vehicles and was cornered by law enforcement, Sky5 video showed.

While stopped, the passenger appeared to exchange gunfire with responding officers, at least one of whom was standing outside a patrol car with a weapon pointed toward the hybrid car, the aerial footage showed.

The Prius briefly took off again before stopping a short distance away, with at least 11 patrol vehicles visible behind it. Soon after, the driver -- a female -- got out of the bullet-riddled car and surrendered. She was treated for a gunshot wound not considered to be life-threatening, officials said.

She was placed in handcuffs just after 2:50 p.m., Sky5 video showed.

Police cars surround a vehicle after a pursuit on May 10, 2019 in Vernon. (Credit: KTLA)

Police cars surround a vehicle after a pursuit on May 10, 2019 in Vernon. (Credit: KTLA)

It was not immediately clear whether the woman was injured, but blood spots could be seen on her shirt. She has not been identified.

A SWAT team and armored vehicles arrived on scene around 3:20 p.m. as the male passenger remained inside the car, Sky5 video showed.

The driver of the vehicle is seen being taken into custody on May 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of the vehicle is seen being taken into custody on May 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

He opened fire at least twice during the chase, at one point leaning out the window and pointing a gun toward pursuing officers.

Two police vehicles were struck by the suspect's gunfire, but no officers or deputies were injured, Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said.

A bystander in a pickup truck suffered a grazing wound during the gunfight at the end of the chase, officials said. It was not clear whether the person was struck by police gunfire or a bullet fired by the suspect.

The SWAT team attempted  to contact the passenger to see if he would surrender peacefully before they approach the Toyota, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Armando Viera Jr.

A drone was also deployed in order to get a better look at what the passenger was doing inside, Viera said.

By 3:45 p.m., two armored vehicles were parked directly in front of and next to the car.

A person is seen pointing a gun at pursuing officers during a chase on May 10, 2019 in Vernon. (Credit: KTLA)

A person is seen pointing a gun at pursuing officers during a chase on May 10, 2019 in Vernon. (Credit: KTLA)

Less than 10 minutes later, a flash-bang went off near the driver's side of the car, according to the aerial footage. A robot was then being sent toward the vehicle.

Video shows a K-9 leaping into the vehicle before officers were seen pulling the man out of the car at about 4:40 p.m. and appeared to be checking his vitals and wrapping a bandage around his head.

He did not appear to be moving.

The unidentified  suspect was then seen being transported onto an ambulance. An update on the suspect's condition was not available Friday night as he underwent surgery, sheriff's officials said. He had been shot "multiple times," Alfred said.

The man was wanted in the killing of Gurpreet Singh, 44, of Cerritos, at the ASL Liquor and Market at 8500 Paramount Blvd. Tuesday night, Downey Police told KTLA.

The Downey Police Department is handling the incident with the assistance of the Sheriff's Department, but neither agency has released information, including what prompted the pursuit.

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KTLA's Nouran Salahieh and Brian Day contributed to this report. 

 

 

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