Armored SWAT Trucks Surround Car After Brief Pursuit Ends in Crash

The pursuit on surface streets began with a report of a stolen vehicle and ended with a crash involving the subject of the pursuit and a minivan

By Jonathan Lloyd and Hetty Chang
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:38 PM PDT
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A South LA standoff involving four LAPD armored trucks began with reports of a man armed with a gun and an ensuing pursuit. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.

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A South LA standoff involving four LAPD armored trucks began with reports of a man armed with a gun and an ensuing pursuit. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.

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Pursuit Leads to Standoff in South LA

The driver of an allegedly stolen vehicle led police on a brief pursuit before hitting a van in South Los Angeles. One person in the van was hospitalized. Police then moved in on the car in four armored vehicles, removing a passenger. The driver was later removed too, and both men were being treated and were in custody. Raw video from NewsChopper 4 on Monday, June 17, 2013.

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Armored SWAT trucks surrounded a car involved in a brief pursuit that led to a crash and standoff Monday at a South Los Angeles intersection.

The surface street pursuit began after a report of a stolen Pontiac sedan that crashed into a van at 60th Street and Holmes Avenue (map), east of the 110 Freeway.

Details regarding injuries were not immediately available, but one person in the van was hospitalized. Two people in the Pontiac were taken into custody after a standoff that lasted more than one hour and prompted a response involving four Los Angeles Police Department armored vehicles.

After deploying a flashbang stun device, officers pulled a passenger from the Pontiac. About 20 minutes later, the driver also was removed from the vehicle.

The driver and passenger were being treated for injuries, according to police. A woman who identified herself as the driver's girlfriend told NBC4 that he took her car after the two were involved in a dispute.

Three armored Los Angeles Police Department SWAT trucks were positioned near the car during the standoff. A fourth armored police vehicle was positioned behind a fence.

Several air bags deployed in the crash, and the car sustained significant damage on the driver's side. Aerial video showed debris from the crash scattered in the intersection.

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