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Driver Fatally Shot After Stolen Cruiser Pursuit Identified by Police

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

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    The high-speed pursuit of a stolen cruiser came to a dramatic end in a Southern California alley Sunday March 13, 2016 after officers rammed the patrol unit and then opened fire, authorities confirmed.

    The driver police say was behind the wheel in a wild stolen cruiser pursuit across Southern California that ended in a fatal police shooting was identified Wednesday.

    West Covina police identified the driver as Gevork Alachadzhyan, 45, of North Hollywood.

    He was fatally wounded by police and died at the scene after the high-speed pursuit of the stolen police cruiser came to a dramatic end in an alley in Glendale, 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, later identified as Alachadzhyan, somehow commandeered the vehicle, according to the sheriff's department.

    Wild Pursuit Ends in Deadly Gunfire

    [LA] Wild Pursuit Ends in Deadly Gunfire
    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)

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

    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 cruiser 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. 

    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)

    Officers approached the cruiser with guns drawn at 10:45 p.m., an hour after the chase started, and opened fire.

    West Covina police later said that Alachadzhyan was allegedly trying to arm himself with the weapons inside the police car.

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