Yesterday, an armed man led police on a wild rush hour chase through the downtown streets and highways of Los Angeles. During the lengthy pursuit, the man crashed into multiple cars and highway medians, while also carjacking another vehicle on the highway.
22-year-old Elizabeth Yarahuan was the victim of the jacking and told KABC-TV Channel 7 News, “He just came up to me and pointed the gun at me and told me to get out of the car. I was just scared he was going to hurt me.”
In the end, outside of Montebello (the southeastern part of the city), a swarm of police officers shot at and subdued the man when he abandoned his crashed vehicle and began looking to carjack another vehicle. Initial reporters thought that he had only been tasered by police.
According to the police department, however, the armed man is currently alive and in the hospital with multiple gun shot wounds.
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@myfoxla) February 10, 2015
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“This individual acted with a complete disregard for other people’s lives,” Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith said in an interview with the Los Angeles The Times.
“He callously put innocent people’s lives in danger, even after the police backed off the pursuit and tracked with the helicopter. Thank God no one was killed by this maniac.”
As has become the standard, Los Angeles’ news stations covered the chase live, using helicopter-mounted video cameras. The entire chase started west of Downtown at about 5 p.m. and lasted for the next 45 minutes.
Check out footage of the end of the chase here…