A chase ended with gunfire on a freeway ramp late Monday morning in the San Fernando Valley.
The chase in the San Fernando Valley ended on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway at Terra Bella Street in Arleta. Video showed a car on an embankment at the exit.
The chase began after a traffic violation, police said. LAPD Lt. Raul Jovel told reporters near the shooting scene that the pursuit began on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, where officers spotted a blue Honda.
"They saw the driver commit a traffic violation,'' Jovel said. "They tried to pull the vehicle over. The driver fled, resulting in a short vehicle pursuit. The pursuit entered the northbound 5 Freeway, where the driver exited here on the offramp to Terra Bella.
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The man lost control of the car on the freeway exit.
"As soon as the car came to rest, the driver exited the car armed with a handgun,
resulting in an officer-involved shooting," Jovel said.
At least one officer fired, fatally wounding the man. The driver was transported to a hospitalized in grave condition and later died, police said.
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Officers recovered a handgun from the scene, the LAPD said.
The freeway ramp was closed for the investigation.