Orange County

Police Open Fire After 100-MPH Freeway Pursuit in Orange County

A driver involved in a pursuit late Tuesday was shot by police in Irvine and hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The man was exceeding speeds of 100 mph on the sourthbound 405 Freeway and driving erratically in a Nissan Altima, according to police. The chase ended just before 10:20 p.m. at the Jamboree Road exit off the freeway when the man crashed his vehicle into a center divider.

The driver got out of the car and ran toward a Marriott Hotel. He was soon found at the corner of Von Karmen Avenue and Quartz, where Anaheim police opened fire.

No weapons were found at the scene of the shooting, according to a statement from the Irvine Police Department.

The California Highway Patrol and members of the Anaheim, Irvine and Fountain Valley police departments responded to the scene when the shooting occurred. 

The driver, later identified by police as 24-year-old Kennth John Yamashita-Magarro, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No officers were injured in the shooting.

The hotel was placed under lockdown while officials searched for a potential second suspect.

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