A driver was shot and killed by police after a brief pursuit that temporarily shut down the northbound 5 Freeway in the Pacoima area Monday, officials said.
The pursuit began just before 10 a.m. near Branford Street and Dorrington Avenue in Arleta, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson.
The department later said on Twitter that the chase began in the “Pacoima neighborhood” after the driver refused to pull over when officers tried to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation.
The driver then entered the northbound 5 Freeway and exited at the Terra Bella Street off-ramp, where he lost control of his vehicle, the LAPD said.
Video from Sky5 showed the driver’s vehicle on a grassy field by the Terra Bella Street ramp surrounded by multiple LAPD vehicles.
Police said the driver got out of his car and was armed with a handgun, which prompted at least one officer to open fire.
The suspect was struck by the gunfire, according to LAPD. Paramedics arrived on scene, and Sky5 video showed first responders performing CPR on a person. The driver was taken to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The northbound 5 Freeway was briefly closed in the area, but all lanes were reopened by 10:30 a.m.
Police later said they recovered a handgun from the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further details were immediately available.