LOS ANGELES — A man who carjacked a sedan at gunpoint, led police on a high-speed chase before holing up in a Downey BBQ restaurant was shot dead Thursday night by police, authorities said.
The man was killed inside the Chris’ & Pitt’s in the 9200 block of Lakewood Boulevard, putting an end to a violent episode that wound through several cities in southeast Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Times reported.
The pursuit began after a stolen car was detected via Lo-Jack, said Officer Alex Rubio of the California Highway Patrol.
The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department was monitoring the stolen vehicle by helicopter. At some point, sheriff’s deputies saw the man ditch the first car and carjack a silver sedan by threatening a driver at gunpoint, Parker said.
There followed a winding chase at speeds as high as 80 miles per hour.
The chase ended when CHP officers performed a PIT maneuver in Downey, after which the man hopped out of the car and fired at least one shot with a handgun, Parker said.
After running into the BBQ restaurant, Chris’ & Pitt’s, about 7:45 p.m., at least 80 patrons and employees escaped, Rouzan said.
What happened once the man ran into the restaurant is unclear, and Parker said details would be confirmed during an ongoing investigation.
About 9 p.m., the man was fatally shot by law enforcement. It’s unclear how many shots were fired or what immediately triggered the police shooting.