Sheriff's deputies Friday shot and wounded a robbery suspect armed with an assault rifle who led them on a vehicle chase in the Hacienda Heights and Industry areas, authorities said.
About 1 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to a CVS store in the 800 block of Hacienda Boulevard on a 911 call “about a suspect who attempted a robbery there with an assault rifle,” Deputy James Nagao said.
“When the deputy arrived ... he put out a preliminary crime broadcast which indicated that the suspect was armed with a rifle and was seen driving away in a black Honda Accord,'' Nagao said.
Five minutes later, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle at a Shell gas station located in the 1100 block of South Hacienda Boulevard in Hacienda Heights,” Nagao said. “At that same moment, they saw the suspect exiting his vehicle armed with an assault rifle. As the deputies pulled up to the suspect in their patrol car, the suspect raised his rifle and said, ‘Get some,’ at which point a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
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The man got back into his car and drove off, leading deputies on a chase onto the westbound 60 Freeway.
“Upon exiting the Crossroads Parkway exit, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed,” Nagao said. “A second deputy-involved shooting occurred after the suspect got out of his vehicle and slung his assault rifle towards the front of his chest. The suspect was struck several times by gunfire.
The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Rogelio Ochoa of Santa Fe Springs.
The first shooting occurred at the corner of Gale Avenue and Hacienda Boulevard in Hacienda Heights about 1:10 a.m. and the second shooting occurred several minutes later about four miles away in the 13300 block of Crossroads Parkway in the City of Industry, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The extent of the suspect's injuries and details of what led up to the shootings were not immediately disclosed.
The suspect armed with an AR-15, according to the LASD's Lt. Barry Hall.
The suspect had gone inside a CVS store located on 861 N. Hacienda Boulevard.
Inside, he brandished a rifle and announced it was a robbery, demanding drugs.
When the employees told him that the pharmacy was closed, he left the store.
The name of the suspect was not disclosed and there were no immediate reports of any deputies injured.
Anyone who witnessed either shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.