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Motorcyclist dies after being pursued, shot by CHP near Ventura

January 6, 2013 | 11:03 am

A motorcyclist being chased by the California Highway Patrol near Ventura died Saturday after crashing over an embankment and being shot by the pursuing officer.

The name and age of the victim and the identity of the CHP officer involved in the shooting had not been released Sunday morning as Ventura County sheriff's deputies continued their investigation into the incident, said sheriff's Capt. Jerry Hernandez.

Authorities said the CHP officer saw the motorcyclist speeding on old Pacific Coast Highway near Faria Beach, north of Ventura, and pursued him onto Padre Juan Canyon Road near the 101 Freeway. About 2:20 p.m. the motorcycle crashed and went over an embankment before the shooting occurred.

The investigation will focus on circumstances leading to the shooting, sheriff's officials said. The sheriff's involvement was requested by the CHP, they said.


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