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Motorist shot by officers after high-speed chase

August 3, 2011 |  8:46 am

Photo: CHP officers open fire after a high-speed pursuit. Credit: KTLA-TV California Highway Patrol officers shot a man after a high-speed freeway chase that began in Riverside County and ended near the City of Industry, authorities said. 

The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. near Workman Mill Road and Crossroads Parkway North when the driver of the vehicle carrying two other passengers stopped and tried to run away, authorities said.

CHP officers told sheriff’s investigators that four officers shot at the front passenger after he got out of the car with a gun. A man in the back of the car also “suffered unknown injuries,” authorities said.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested nearby.

CHP Officer Christian Cracraft said in an earlier interview that the driver was initially stopped by Banning police on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, which is investigating the shooting, said in a prepared statement that the CHP located the three in a stolen vehicle near Banning and started a pursuit when they failed to stop. CHP Officer Mike Harris, citing the ongoing investigation, said he was unable to offer any clarification on the discrepancy.

The two injured men were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, sheriff’s authorities said. All three were taken into custody.


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Photo: California Highway Patrol officers subdue suspects a high-speed pursuit. Credit: KTLA-TV