High-speed pursuit turns deadly

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The driver involved in a stolen vehicle pursuit was killed Tuesday morning after Long Beach police officers opened fire on the car when it turned an approached them in Bellflower.

The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in Long Beach and through the Bellflower and Downey areas. The driver narrowly missed several collisions as the car sped through multiple intersections.

The vehicle appeared to be an older model Honda Civic, which had possibly been stolen, according to a CHP official.

Video showed a second person was sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat.

The chase continued on the 91, 710 and 105 freeways before the driver returned to surface streets in Norwalk.

Among several near misses, aerial video showed the vehicle almost hit a motorcyclist while traveling westbound through an intersection on Alondra Boulevard.

The pursuit came to an end about 6:40 a.m. when the driver entered a parking lot of a Storage Outlet facility on Foster Road in Bellflower,  Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

The vehicle turned around in the parking lot and began to drive in the direction of officers who had blocked the exit and gotten out of their vehicles.

Long Beach police officers then opened fire on the vehicle, Johnson said.

The car rolled to a stop near the parked patrol cars at the entrance of the storage facility.

Video appeared to show several bullet holes in the vehicle's windshield.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, Johnson said.

The driver has not been identified.

The passenger was taken into custody uninjured, Johnson said.

No officers were hurt in the incident, Johnson said.