Two men who may have been involved in a burglary in Torrance were wounded Monday when they crashed while being chased by police in South Los Angeles and were then fired upon by officers.
The men were wounded about 11:55 a.m. at the intersection of 108th and Figueroa streets, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.
Both men were struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital, Alexander said, but their conditions were not immediately known. At least one of the men was believed to have been burglarizing a home in Torrance when a homeowner surprised him and he got into a gray car that fled the scene, sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore told reporters at the shooting scene.
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The homeowner relayed a description and license plate number of the sedan, leading to a chase by Gardena police, Moore said. The suspect vehicle crashed and an officer-involved shooting occurred when officers attempted to detain the men.
It was unclear what prompted police to open fire, according to the sheriff's department, which was assisting Gardena police in the shooting investigation. The vehicle, which crashed into at least one parked car and a pole, had bullet holes visible along one side at the crash scene.