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.
A man wanted on suspicion of bank robbery led police on a high-speed pursuit Friday morning through the Santa Clarita Valley before being shot and killed by deputies in a Lancaster neighborhood.
Later Friday, authorities searched the home of the as yet unidentified man and found hundreds of weapons, including guns and ammunitions, all of them legal, officials said.
The driver was wanted on suspicion of robbing the Bank of America located at 26811 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus.
The chase began in Agua Dulce around 9:15 a.m. and reached speeds of 75 mph on the northbound 14 Freeway, according to police.
At one point, the driver threw something out of the window of his gold SUV.
Around 10 a.m., the suspect pulled over in a cul-de-sac on Desert Springs Drive near Avenue H and 10th Street in Lancaster.
A standoff ensued. At one point, the suspect exited the vehicle, but then returned to the driver's seat.
At 10:11 a.m., shots were fired into the vehicle.
NBC4 photographer Joel Cooke happened to be in the area when the pursuit passed him and he followed it to where the driver and the deputies stopped.
"Then, all of a sudden, just a flurry of gunshots, like 30 or 40, pop pop pop," Cooke said.
The driver was killed in the exchange of gunfire, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.