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Man shot by police after driving truck toward cop, authorities say

March 6, 2012 |  4:42 pm

A man remains hospitalized in critical condition less than a day after he allegedly charged at an El Monte police officer in his truck, prompting authorities to fire multiple shots at him.  

Authorities say that two men were caught "tampering" with and "unloading" a U-Haul truck in the 11300 block of Frankmont Street about 9:30 p.m. Monday. When the suspects fled, a two-mile pursuit ensued and the driver pulled into a cul-de-sac near Arden Drive and Freer Street in Temple City.

A passenger, identified by investigators as 20-year-old Dennis Day, got out of the truck and was taken into custody, but the driver "made a turn and drove at a high rate of speed toward the officer who had initiated the pursuit," according to a news release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“He came close to striking the initial pursuing officer,” said Lt. Eddie Hernandez.  “That caused officers to fire rounds, fearing for their safety.”

Hernandez  said that the three officers who had been deployed to the scene all fired rounds. Upon being hit, the suspect crashed into a residence. He was then taken to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

Hernandez said no else was injured. Day has been booked on charges of vehicle tampering, auto burglary and receiving stolen property, but Hernandez declined to release the name of the second suspect.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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-- Matt Stevens

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