Montebello police open fire after suspect tries to hit civilians, officers during chase, authorities say

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.
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