Man Killed in Police Pursuit Was 60-Year-Old Agua Dulce Resident

A man was shot by deputies after a pursuit through Santa Clarita on Friday. He was wanted in a bank robbery, officials said

By Jason Kandel
|  Sunday, Nov 11, 2012  |  Updated 3:22 PM PDT
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Police Pursuit Ends in "Massive Amount of Bullets"

Nov. 9, 2012: Police surround a man wanted on suspicion of bank robbery. The standoff ended with gunfire.

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Freeway Pursuit Ends in Shots Fired in Lancaster

A suspected bank robber who led sheriff's deputies on a chase from Saugus north on the 14 Freeway died after being fired upon when the chase ended in Lancaster. Will Kohlschreiber and Michelle Valles report for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

Police Pursuit Ends in "Massive Amount of Bullets"

A high-speed pursuit ended in an exchange of gunfire Friday morning. The chase began after reports of a bank robbery in Saugus, and ended 45 miles away in Lancaster. Deputies cornered the suspected bank robber and shot him when they say he brandished a weapon. Michelle Valles reports from Lancaster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2012.
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An autopsy was pending on Saturday on a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery who was fatally shot by deputies after a 45-mile pursuit through the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

The man was identified Saturday evening as 60-year-old Steven Bowman of Agua Dulce. Police said he was wanted in connection with a robbery at at 9:15 a.m. Friday of a Saugus Bank of America, at 26811 Bouquet Canyon Road, then leading police on a pursuit.

The chase reached speeds of up to 75 mph on the northbound 14 Freeway before authorities used a spike strip to flatten at least one tire as the SUV got off the freeway.

During the chase, the driver threw something out of the window of the SUV, officials said.

The pursuit ended in a cul-de-sac on Desert Springs Drive in Lancaster at 10 a.m.

During a standoff, the man, who was wearing a camouflage jacket, got out of the SUV and tossed money into the street.

Moments later, he got back into the vehicle, and the shooting started -- all caught on live television by news helicopters.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said it appeared the suspect fired at deputies first.

A search of the man's home turned up hundreds of weapons, including guns and ammunition, officials said.

An article in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal said Bowman was a regular customer at a cafe in Agua Dulce, where others were shocked to learn how his life ended. His wife, Debra Jean, died in January 2011.

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