Carjacker leads police on wild rush-hour chase through LA

Posted: Updated:
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

LOS ANGELES, California -- An armed man led police on a wild rush-hour pursuit Monday along miles of streets and freeways in the Los Angeles area. The suspect wove in and out of traffic and hit at least three vehicles during the chase.

He eventually crashed his car, but the chase wasn't over. He then pulled a gun, carjacked a woman, and took her car, bolting once again.

The dramatic chase ended with the suspect shot and wounded by police.

This all began west of downtown Los Angeles around 5 p.m. The driver sped through the streets, often going the wrong way and straight toward oncoming traffic.

At around 5:30 p.m., he crashed his car and ran onto the freeway. He pulled out what appeared to be a gun and stole the car of a woman. He then resumed the chase.

At least eight Los Angeles Police Department officers trailed him while helicopters overhead tracked his movements.

The suspect eventually drove onto a surface street, where he became wedged between two cars. He then fled on foot for several yards before police opened fire on him, wounding him.

The suspect was taken into custody, and was brought to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

No officers were hurt.