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Police pursuit ends with shooting in Pomona

February 26, 2012 |  9:12 pm

A police pursuit on Sunday ended in a car-jacking and a shooting, sending a suspect to the hospital, KTLA is reporting.

Police have confirmed that the chase began in West Covina and ended in Pomona but have yet to confirm other details or identify the suspect.

KTLA interviewed witnesses who told of a red SUV careening into a residential neighborhood with police in pursuit. The SUV jumped a curb and possibly damaged a house. The driver then allegedly ran from his car with a shotgun, leaving his son in the vehicle.

The suspect approached the driver of a white Honda Civic and ordered him from the car, then climbed in and drove off. He stopped after several blocks and tried to run, witnesses said. One or more officers fired shots, and the man fell.

Witnesses interviewed by KTLA included the man whose car was hijacked and a woman on whose property the SUV ended up. The woman took charge of the boy, who was still in the car.

“I hugged him, and he said, ‘I’m scared because, my dad, I think he died,’” the woman recounted in a broadcast interview. “He wanted to know how his dad was doing.”

No details on the man’s condition were immediately available.

The boy, who looked to be about 5 years old, was apparently unharmed and walked unassisted to a police cruiser.


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