Man Shot Dead by LAPD in Van Nuys After Reportedly Firing at Police 5 Times During Chase

No officers are injured in the incident.

An investigation was under way Thursday into a shooting in which Los Angeles police officers killed a man in Van Nuys at the end of a pursuit.

No officers were injured in the shooting, which occurred at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Orion Avenue around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. The 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man, who had an extensive criminal history, fired at officers at five locations during the pursuit, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. His name was withheld pending notification of his relatives.

A woman who was in the vehicle—26-year-old Vanessa Acosta—suffered minor injuries when it crashed, said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. It was unclear what charges, if any, she would face. Police said earlier that the woman was wounded, but it was later determined that was not the case.

The brief chase that preceded the officer-involved shooting began in the Mission Division's patrol area.

Borihanh said officers had tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle kept going. During the chase, shots were fired from the vehicle at officers, Borihanh said.

Officers used their patrol car to force the suspects' vehicle to stop, causing it to crash. The gunman then got out and was fatally shot by police, Borihanh said. A handgun with an extended-capacity magazine was recovered at the scene, he said.

The woman was combative with police and firefighters as she was taken into custody, according to video broadcast from the scene. She was transported by paramedics for hospital treatment.


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