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Suspect shot by LB police expected to survive

June 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The suspect who was shot by CHP officers after leading them on a high-speed chase from Redlands to Long Beach Monday afternoon is expected to survive, officials said.The chase, which lasted a little over an hour, began in Redlands, where police say the suspect was involved in an armed robbery at around 2:15 p.m. CHP officials say the robbery occurred at a Redlands storage facility located at 650 New York St.

A Redlands police officer spotted the suspect getting into a vehicle nearby and attempted to pull him over. The suspect evaded police and the pursuit ensued.

"Every time they took a turn they were heading closer to here," said Ron Warren, who lives on a boat in the marina and watched as the chase on TV ended just yards away from his home. "You're not going to think something like that is going to wind up in your front yard. The guy just went to the end of the road and there's nowhere else to go."

Authorities ordered him to get out of the car with hands in the air, but the suspect did not comply. Instead, authorities say he opened the door of his car with a gun in his hand and that's when police shot him.

"It was like pop, pop, pop and you knew something happened," Warren said.

Tish Fonseca saw it all from her balcony.

"I smelled tires, like the burning of a tire, but I think it's because of the bumper," she said. "The bumper was totally off, he was just dragging it."

The chase began when the suspect, driving a silver sedan, got on the westbound 10 Freeway in Riverside, speeding past the 15 Freeway interchange and into Los Angeles County.

With his speed ranging between 65 to 85 mph, the suspect swerved to avoid spike strips in Baldwin Park.

CHP officers chased the suspect onto northbound 405 at Lakewood Boulevard in Long Beach, where he exited onto surface streets. At this point, Long Beach police took over the pursuit.

Police then attempted a PIT maneuver which caused the suspect's bumper to nearly fall off, hanging by a thread. Shortly thereafter, the suspect was cornered in a crowded parking area at Shoreline Village near the marina.

"He exited the vehicle with the gun which our officers perceived as a threat and an officer-involved-shooting occurred," Long Beach Police Department Cmdr. Joe Stilinovich.

Gunfire from police shattered the suspect's driver's side window.

After establishing that the suspect's car was clear of any other individuals, police took him into custody and gave him medical attention.

He was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

Anyone with additional information on the Redlands robbery is asked to contact Redlands police at (090) 798-7681.

CNS contributed to this report.


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