Pursuit Ends in Fatal Crash in North Hollywood

A suspected drunken driver was killed Thursday in a crash with a big rig while being pursued by officers in North Hollywood and police were investigating the possibly that the suspect shot himself, authorities said.

The three-minute pursuit ended about 1:25 p.m. at Magnolia Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue, Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office said.

Eisenman confirmed the suspect was killed, but offered no other details. A gun was found in the suspect's car, according to LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona.

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"Ultimately he ended up westbound here on Magnolia, when the suspect suddenly gunned it, crossed traffic here and collided with a parked semi-truck," Carmona said at the scene. "The suspect was deceased, was killed in that TC, and there are some reports that he may have been involved in a self- inflicted gunshot wound."

A witness described hearing the commotion. "I heard some squeals, first of all, and then I heard a gunshot," she said.

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