Deadly Police Pursuit Shuts Down 101 Freeway at Canoga Avenue

The suspect reportedly fled from police after a traffic stop near Shirley Street and Plummer Avenue

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    Police opened fire on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills after a pursuit suspect parked across two lanes and exited the vehicle pointing an object at officers. Alex Calder reports from News Chopper 4. (Published Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012)

    A police pursuit ended in a fatal shooting on the eastbound 101 Freeway near Canoga Street shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

    Updated Article: Freeway Closed Early Thursday

    After a pursuit that lasted less than 10 minutes, the driver of a dark-colored Ford parked his car perpendicular to the freeway lanes and exited the vehicle from the passenger side. He then pointed something at the officers, who began shooting. The suspect appeared to run through at least four empty lanes, all the while turning around and pointing at the officers, before falling to the ground.

    Police confirmed that the suspect was not breathing or conscious on scene after the shooting. He was subsequently handcuffed lying on the freeway.

    Traffic was snarled to Balboa Boulevard when the freeway was shut down in both directions near the Canoga Street exit, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

    [UPDATE, Thursday, 5:06 a.m.] The eastbound/southbound freeway remained closed early Thursday.

    Police attempted to make a traffic stop at 9:50 p.m. near Shirley Street and Plummer Avenue in Northridge when the driver took off and almost hit some pedestrians, said Officer Karen Rayner with LAPD.

    The suspect erratically drove southbound down De Soto Boulevard before entering the westbound 101 Freeway. He then exited the freeway and reentered the 101 traveling westbound.

    Police terminated the pursuit at 9:58 p.m.

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