SWAT, K-9 Take Down Attempted Murder Suspect After Chase, Standoff On 405
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police pursued a man wanted for attempted murder Monday night in a chase that wound up shutting down the 405 Freeway in both directions.
The chase lasted almost two hours in and near the San Fernando Valley until LAPD brought in SWAT vehicles that performed a pit maneuver. Two armored vehicles crushed the suspect's car while a K-9 pounced on the man in presence of an army of officers. It all ended on the southbound 405 near the Sunset Boulevard offramp at around 12:20 a.m.
Police confirmed they were chasing Marcos Tulio Flores, described as a documented gang member, and is suspected of shooting a 36-year-old victim in the 17500 block of Gilmore Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The chase started around 10:40 p.m. and was mostly on Sherman Way for some time. The driver came to stops several times and taunted police. It then headed on the 101 freeway and then the 405 southbound.
Desmond Shaw was in Sky2 when the LAPD fired shots at the driver's car. The CHP eventually shut down the 405 in both directions near the 101.
"This is one of the most intense chase scenes I've ever seen," Shaw said.
The stop-and-go chase continued on the 405 south with the man blatantly taunting police. At around midnight SWAT vehicles approached the car.
The victim Flores allegedly shot was struck in the upper body and remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
A motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.
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