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101 Freeway closed in Valley after deadly police pursuit

A short police pursuit ended in gunfire on a Los Angeles freeway late Wednesday, with officers shooting the driver dead, authorities said.

LAPD Officer Karen Rayner said police from the Devonshire station made a traffic stop about 9:50 p.m. at Plummer Street and Shirley Avenue in Northridge.

“The individual decided to take off,” Rayner said. “Officers went in pursuit.”

The chase proceeded through city streets with the driver motoring recklessly at high speeds and running red lights, Rayner said. The pursuit continued onto the eastbound 101 Freeway and ended shortly before 10 p.m. at the Canoga Avenue exit, where the driver jumped out of the car and began running on the freeway.

Shots were fired, and “the suspect was shot dead a the scene,” Rayner said.

An investigation is underway, and the freeway remains closed in both directions, Rayner said.


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