Officers Find Assault Rifle in Pickup That Ran Out of Gas During Pursuit

The pursuit began in South Gate and ended in Montebello after going through Long Beach

An assault rifle was found in a pickup following a back-and-forth pursuit across Los Angeles County that ended Wednesday morning in a medical center parking lot east of downtown LA, police said. 

The pursuit began in South Gate after a traffic stop that was part of an assault with a deady weapon investigation. The truck matched the description of a vehicle sought in the case, but the driver took off when officers tried to stop him, South Gate police said.

The chase continued on the 710 Freeway before the driver turned off at Alondra Boulevard and headed west toward the 405 Freeway. The driver then headed back east, at times on the wrong side of the street.

The pursuit ended when the driver pulled into the parking lot in the Montebello area, east of downtown Los Angeles, and ran out of gas. He surrendered near a food truck serving customers outside the medical center.

Police said an assault rifle was found in the pickup after the man was taken into custody.

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