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Baby found after deadly police chase

April 10, 2009 5:53:51 AM PDT
A baby was found in the back seat of a car after a police chase that ended in a fatal police shooting in Santa Ana on Friday.Police said officers observed a woman in a black Honda who appeared to be driving drunk in Buena Park just after midnight. When they tried to pull her over, she took off.

The female suspect led officers on a high-speed chase through Buena Park, Tustin and Santa Ana, where it ended when police opened fire and killed the driver while she was still behind the wheel on 17th and Grand.

"I saw a black Honda coming, and then the cops were coming after it, and then I just heard three gun shots," said witness Juan Guerrero.

Police have not yet said why they opened fire.

The Honda crashed outside a Food 4 Less on Grand Avenue.

After killing the driver, police moved in to the car, discovering an 18-month-old girl in the back seat. She was uninjured and was taken to Orangewood Children's Home.

It is unclear what the suspect's relation is to baby.

The area of 17th and Grand will be closed while police clear the scene and investigate.


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