On Tuesday, Bellflower police responded to a LoJack hit on a reportedly stolen vehicle around 6 a.m. Police tried to pull the vehicle over and the suspect took off at a high rate of speed and police pursued the suspects. The two suspects were traveling in a green 2000 Honda Accord. Police say that the driver hit speeds of 90 mph, disregarded traffic laws, and drove into oncoming traffic.
The suspects ended up in a cul-de-sac with no way to flee by way of the car. Police had their guns drawn and shouted for the suspects to stop the car and surrender, but they ignored the warnings and continued to drive around the police cars in the cul-de-sac. Four police officers were present and when one of them was trying to avoid being trapped between the stolen vehicle and his own squad car, police began firing.
An adjacent fence and palm tree would have required the suspect to ram into the police car, which would have endangered the police officer. Both suspects were shot. One suspect was killed and another was taken into custody. Driving a vehicle at police officers is considered a deadly force threat in most jurisdictions and officials believe the use of deadly force in this instance will be ruled justifiable.
You can watch the chase below: