Car Thief Suspect Dies After Rolling Gun Battle With Police

A car thief suspect died Wednesday evening after engaging police in a rolling gun battle in Van Nuys.

Shortly after 4 p.m., officers from LAPD's Van Nuys area Gang Unit were following a car they believed to be stolen. During the course of the following, somebody in the vehicle fired gunshots at the police vehicle.

The officers requested help and continued following the suspects. As the suspect's vehicle approached Sherman Way and Kester Avenue, it collided with a light pole.

A man exited the vehicle and a police shooting occurred. The suspect was shot and wounded and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

"I heard like five gunshots," one witness told NBC4. "I tried to cover myself behind my truck."

Two females who were also in the car were taken into custody. Two guns were recovered at the scene.

No officers were injured in the shooting, police said.

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