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Police Pursuit of Stolen Cruiser Across Los Angeles Ends in Fatal Shooting

The patrol vehicle was stolen in the West Covina area before the high-speed pursuit into Glendale

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    A day after a wild stolen cruiser pursuit ended in a fatal shooting, investigators were revealing how the driver got control of the patrol unit. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 & 6 on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Published Monday, March 14, 2016)

    The high-speed pursuit of a stolen police cruiser came to a dramatic end in a Southern California alley Sunday after officers rammed the patrol unit and then opened fire, authorities said.

    The driver was killed in the shooting, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Investigators said Monday morning that the bizarre sequence of events began late Sunday in West Covina when a man, who had earlier requested police assistance, was given a ride in the West Covina patrol car. The man somehow commandeered the vehicle, according to the sheriff's department.

    It was not immediately clear why the man requested police, but investigators said the man made "peculiar" statements.

    Deadly End to Glendale Police Carjacking

    [LA] Deadly End to Glendale Police Carjacking
    Nearly 14 hours after a police pursuit of a stolen cruiser, investigators are still on the scene where officers opened fire at and killed the suspected carjacker. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at Noon on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Published Monday, March 14, 2016) (Published Monday, March 14, 2016)

    Authorities began pursuing the stolen police cruiser in the West Covina area Sunday at 9:45 p.m. The driver hit speeds in excess of 100 mph, as well as drove on the wrong side of the road, weaving on and off freeways. 

    The pursuit came to a dramatic end at Jackson and Colorado Streets in Glendale as the driver pulled into an alley. Officers rammed the car in an attempt to get the driver, about 45 years old, wedged up against a trash bin.

    The driver hit reverse and sped backward through they alley before officers wedged the cruiser with their patrol units. The driver hit the gas, and the tires began smoking as they burned rubber. 

    Officers approached the cruiser with guns drawn at 10:45 p.m., an hour after the chase started, and opened fire. Police weapons were still in the patrol vehicle, but it was not immediately clear whether the man used them, investigators said.

    Stolen Cruiser Pursuit Ends in Fatal Shooting

    [LA] Stolen Cruiser Pursuit Ends in Fatal Shooting
    A pursuit suspect was shot and killed by police after allegedly stealing a cruiser in a bizarre chase that began in West Covina and ended in Glendale. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Published Monday, March 14, 2016)

    No officers were hurt in the shooting, the LA County Sheriff's Department said.

    Police did not reveal how the cruiser was stolen.