LA area bank robbery chase ends in televised death
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) – A bank robbery suspect was cornered on an Antelope Valley street and shot to death Friday on live television after he apparently fired at Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies from his car, authorities said.
The man died at the scene at around 10:15 a.m. after televised news reports showed a single bullet trail plowing through the glass from inside a sport utility vehicle, followed by a fusillade of bullets that punctured the windshield and blew out the back window.
The man’s identity was not immediately released.
Deputies began chasing the SUV after a gunman robbed a Bank of America branch at about 9:15 a.m. in the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.
The chase went north into the Antelope Valley area of the Mojave Desert and ended in a cul-de-sac in Lancaster after a spike strip was used to flatten a front tire.
Sheriff’s patrol cars boxed in the vehicle after it tried to turn around, and deputies ordered the man out at gunpoint.
The man, wearing a camouflage jacket, got out and stood by the driver’s door but he refused repeated orders to show his hands, Parker said.
The man then got back into the car and closed the door. Gunfire exploded a minute or two later.
Parker said it appeared that the man fired at deputies, who then shot him.
“They didn’t fire until the suspect came at them,” he said.
The shooting was captured by TV news helicopters overhead and aired live on local television.
No deputies were hit. The shooting was under investigation.