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Two killed after chase, shootout with police in Visalia

October 27, 2012 |  2:35 pm

Two suspects were killed after a police chase and shootout with officers in the Central Valley city of Visalia, police said Saturday.

The incident began when officers attempted to make a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. Friday, but the driver of the vehicle failed to pull over. Officers pursued the vehicle until the driver lost control and crashed in a field, according to the Visalia Police Department.

As the suspects exited the vehicle, they fired shots at the officers, authorities said. The officers returned fire, hitting three suspects. Two other people remained in the vehicle and were not injured.

Two of the three suspects who were shot later died, and the third was taken to a hospital for treatment, the Police Department said.

Two handguns were found at the scene.


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