Officials: Homicide suspect wounded in shootout with Pomona police in Montclair

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A homicide suspect was wounded in a gunbattle with Pomona police officers who had tracked him to Montclair Monday, officials said.

The suspect, who authorities have not identified, was wanted in a killing in Fresno and had been located with the help of another agency, Pomona police Chief Michael Ellis said in a tweet.

Around 3:50 p.m., the man got out of the silver hatchback police were chasing on the 9500 block of Monte Vista Avenue, just south of the 10 Freeway, and began firing at officers, according to Ellis.

None of the officers were struck, but the suspect was wounded and hospitalized in unknown condition, authorities said.

Police said several officers were involved in the shooting, but it’s unclear how many shots were fired or how many times the suspect was struck.

Several shots can be heard ringing out in footage captured at the scene by a freelance videographer.

Nabor Cavanillas said his vehicle was caught behind the gunbattle after he exited the freeway.

“I ducked down in the car,” he said. “When I heard a pause in the fire, jumped out and took cover behind the car.”

Edmund Zozaya, who lives in the area, said he was outside playing with his son and at first thought the sound of gunshots was coming from fireworks.

Aerial footage from the scene showed several evidence markers surrounding a silver hatchback that was parked along the curb. A firearm was recovered at the scene, Ellis said.

Montclair police are investigating the shooting with assistance from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, according to the Pomona Police Department.

No further details were available.

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