A gunman suspected in three separate Los Angeles area shootings died during a gunfire exchange with police on the 91 Freeway in the Fullerton area near Anaheim early Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The standoff followed an hourslong chase of a white SUV that police identified in a string of drive-by shootings that left two men dead and a third wounded in a span of 30 minutes, KTLA reports.
Shortly before 5 a.m., officers were seen deploying what appeared to be some kind of chemical irritant into the white SUV, video from Sky5 showed. A SWAT team then approached the passenger side of the vehicle with their guns drawn. Some time later, someone from the SUV was seen on the ground being tended to by paramedics and then being covered with a sheet.
“At one point, the suspect fired at the officers, resulted in an officer involved shooting,” LAPD Lt. Raul Jovel said at a news conference.
Officials didn’t identify the suspect, but he was described as being a man in his late 40s or early 50s.