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.

"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."

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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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