Pedestrian Killed at End of Santa Ana Chase Following Officer-Involved Shooting

The chase began after an altercation between police and a suspected gang member

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    A pedestrian was killed at the end of the pursuit in Santa Ana. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday May 30, 2013. (Published Friday, May 31, 2013)

    A driver involved in a police chase that killed a pedestrian remained in the hospital Thursday night, authorities said.

    Victor Sanchez, pictured below, is expected to be arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Santa Ana police officials. Sanchez was apparently driving the car during a brief police chase that led to an officer-involved shooting.

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    One person was struck and killed at the end of a police chase in Santa Ana Thursday. The wanted driver was weaving in and out of traffic through busy streets and neighborhoods. Witnesses said the car narrowly missed hitting another pedestrian during the chase. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 30, 2013. (Published Thursday, May 30, 2013)

    The pursuit followed a fist-fight between police and a man suspected of being part of an illegal gang. The fight happened about 11:45 a.m.

    "During that altercation, something led to an officer-involved shooting," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of Santa Ana Police Department.

    The man died at the hospital from his injuries, Bertagna said. Three other men took off in a white Dodge Charger, which crashed less than two miles from the initial conflict with police.

    A male pedestrian was struck and killed -- landing 30 to 40 feet from the car -- when the pursuit driver crashed near Flower Street and MacArthur Boulevard (map), according to police.

    The three men ran from the vehicle. One was caught by a police dog, and a second was shocked with a Taser after trying to fight off police, and a third surrender.

    The pedstrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The pursuit began near the 1000 block of West Central Avenue.