MONTEBELLO, Calif. (KABC) -- Police officers opened fire on a man who "attempted to hit both civilian motorists and police units" during a chase that began after a burglary alarm sounded at a shopping mall in Montebello, authorities said.
Officers responded at about 3 a.m. to the alarm at Montebello Town Center, where they saw a vehicle crashing into a store front, police said in a statement.
A pursuit ensued after the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Tom Rojas, allegedly drove away from the scene and was located by authorities. According to police, an officer-involved shooting occurred during the chase but the suspect was not struck by gunfire.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The pursuit ended in a crash on Whittier Boulevard, between Indiana Street and Ditman Avenue, in East Los Angeles.
A K-9 unit was eventually deployed and Rojas was taken into custody, authorities said. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony evading.
The section of Whittier Boulevard was closed to traffic as an investigation got underway.
Montebello police open fire after suspect tries to hit civilians, officers during chase, authorities say
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