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Man leads police on chase, then fatally shoots himself in standoff [UPDATED]

February 10, 2009 |  1:27 am

Police surround a white Bentley on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood after a lengthy chase on area freeways.

Updated, 8:45 a.m.: The driver of the white Bentley died early this morning at a hospital after shooting himself. The case remains under investigation. Read full coverage here.


Authorities pursued an armed man in a white Bentley across area freeways for several hours late Monday, leading to a standoff between Los Angeles police and the suspect, who apparently shot himself, police said.

The incident began to unfold shortly before 8 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood after officers responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon involving the man's girlfriend.

The suspect, who was believed to be armed but not immediately identified, traversed the Hollywood, San Diego and Santa Ana freeways at speeds that did not appear to exceed the limit before returning to a location in Universal City near where the chase originated.

About 11:30 p.m., the man stopped the Bentley within one of the northbound lanes of Lankershim Boulevard in Universal City. A woman approached and tried to talk to the driver before backing off. The man opened the trunk of the vehicle, then sat in the car for more than an hour as police surrounded the luxury car and blocked off the street.

The standoff continued until 12:41 a.m., when the man shot himself.

Read more on the slow-speed car chase and shooting.

-- Carol Williams and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Police surround a white Bentley on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood after a lengthy chase on area freeways. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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