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Woman shoots herself after police chase in Hollywood Hills

July 15, 2012 |  9:24 am


An early-morning police pursuit ended Sunday in Studio City when a woman shot herself in the head, authorities said.

The woman was transported to an area hospital but her condition was not known, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Sal Ogaz.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when a 911 caller reported hearing several shots in the 700 block of Lillian Way in Hollywood and a black Nissan leaving the scene, Ogaz said. Officers saw the car and tried to stop it, but the driver refused.

The driver led police through Laurel Canyon and the Hollywood Hills before pulling into an underground parking garage in the 4500 block of Coldwater Canyon Drive, KTLA-TV reported.

At that point, the woman driving the car shot herself either in the head or face, Ogaz said. No one else was in the vehicle.

It was unclear was sparked the original gunfire, Ogaz said, but police believe the woman was involved in an argument. Ogaz said police were "trying to determine" if there were additional victims.

"We don't know what in fact happened," he said. "All we know is it was an argument; we don't know what it was about."


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