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Bell police searching for accomplice in car chase that led to fatal shooting

February 4, 2010 | 12:19 pm
Authorities are searching for the alleged accomplice of a man police shot and killed early this morning after a car chase that ended in South Gate.

Bell police were conducting a traffic stop on a white vehicle occupied by two males shortly after midnight when the suspects began firing at the officers, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident.

The car drove off and police pursued the car four miles into South Gate, where the vehicle crashed into a concrete wall at Seville Avenue and Santa Ana Street. The suspects exited the vehicle and one of the men began firing at Bell officers, police said.

One of the suspect's rounds struck the hood of a Bell police vehicle and officers returned fire, police said.

One suspect began running southbound on Commercial Place. A Bell police sergeant and another officer began shooting and the suspect was struck several times in the upper torso.

County paramedics responded and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A weapon was recovered.

The other man escaped, officials said. No officers were injured.
-- My-Thuan Tran

Photo: Investigators at the scene of a shooting in South Gate, where a police pursuit ended early Thursday with a car crash and exchange of gunfire. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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Learn more about more than 100 fatal officer-involved shootings in L.A. County since January 2007 on The Times' interactive Homicide Report, which documents all deaths determined by the county coroner to be at the hand of another person.

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