A man accused of killing a liquor store clerk earlier this week was in critical condition Saturday after he was wounded at the end of a wild pursuit that began in Maywood and escalated into a shootout in Vernon Friday afternoon.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Dylan Andres Lindsey of Torrance, underwent surgery at a local hospital for multiple gunshot wounds, Lt. Derrick Alfred with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters late Friday.
Lindsey suffered at least two wounds, one of which is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
The pursuit and shootout unfolded Friday when Downey police tried to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect near a Maywood home, Downey Police Department Lt. Kathleen Mendoza said. Officers were following up on tips the department received after releasing surveillance video of an attempted robbery that turned deadly Tuesday night, Mendoza said.
The footage showed a man apparently pointing a handgun at 44-year-old Gurpreet Singh of Cerritos, a clerk at the ASL Liquor store at 8500 Paramount Blvd. Singh was shot and killed in that incident, authorities said.
On Friday, Downey police in Maywood saw the suspect get into a Toyota Prius, Mendoza said. The vehicle did not stop when the officers approached, and a chase ensued, the lieutenant said.
L.A. County sheriff's deputies soon became involved.
Aerial footage showed a man apparently opening fire at pursuing officers from the passenger window of the moving Prius. Gunfire struck two Downey police vehicles, but no officers were hurt, Alfred said.
Neither police nor deputies fired back at the shooter during the chase that spanned a freeway and surface streets, Alfred added. But when law enforcement managed to box in the Prius on Bandini Boulevard and Downey Road in Vernon about 2:45 p.m., gunfire erupted between the officers and the suspect.
The Prius then took off again before stopping a short distance away. The driver, later identified by Downey police as 37-year-old Alison Hart of Redondo Beach, soon exited the bullet-riddled Toyota and surrendered just after 2:50 p.m. The woman sustained a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, according to authorities.
Meanwhile, the male passenger stayed inside the Toyota until officers deployed a K-9 and pulled the man out nearly two hours later.
Authorities checked the homicide suspect's vitals and wrapped a bandage around his head, the video showed. He did not appear to be moving.
A firearm, which appears similar to the large-caliber handgun revolver used in the Downey killing, was recovered from the scene, the Sheriff's Department said. One bystander inside a truck near the Prius also sustained a superficial graze wound during the gunfire, according to officials.
Hart was arrested at the the scene. Investigators have yet to determine her relationship with the homicide suspect, Alfred said Friday.
She's being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on $2 million bail, county inmate records show.
The Downey and Vernon incidents remain under investigation, and officials have searched the Maywood residence involved, as well as Hart's Redondo Beach home.
Singh, the clerk fatally shot at ASL Liquor in Downey, served as a Navy Reserve officer, according to his brother-in-law. He was married and left behind two sons who are 10 and 16 years old, the family member said.
KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.