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Pursuit of bank-robbery suspect ends in shootout in Lancaster

November 9, 2012 | 10:43 am

An hourlong police pursuit of an alleged bank robber through the Santa Clarita Valley ended in a brief standoff in Lancaster and exchange of gunfire.

The suspect, a man who police believe robbed the Bank of America at 26811 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus, led local police and sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase along the 14 Freeway.

Just after 10 a.m., the suspect pulled off of the freeway, driving over a spike strip placed by police, and his dark-colored SUV was surrounded by police vehicles in a residential cul-de-sac.

The suspect then got out of his vehicle as if to surrender, dropping his jacket to the ground. He reached back into the car and began firing at police officers through the windshield.

Officers returned fire, wounding the suspect. His medical status was unclear.

"The deputies gave him every opportunity to show his hands," Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in an interview with KCAL-9.

"It appeared that the suspect started firing his gun and then deputies fired back." 

Sheriff's deputies and medical personnel were still at the scene.

"The suspect made this decision," Parker said. "The deputies gave him every opportunity to surrender.”

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