(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A wild Los Angeles police chase of a reckless motorist has ended with the fatal shooting of the driver, who made menacing gestures at officers.
Lt. Andy Neiman says investigators are still trying to determine what the man was clutching with both hands, simulating a weapon.
News helicopter video shows him repeatedly spinning around in a combat stance just before he was shot on U.S. 101 in Woodland Hills.
CBS Radio station KNX identified the suspect as 19-year-old Abdul Arian.
"He was a nice kid. He was working. He was such a sweet kid, respectful to others. He wanted to be a cop and like I said before, during the chase last night, he was calling 911. He was afraid of cops. You know, he told me he wants to be a good cop, not a crooked cop," his uncle, Hamed Arian, told the station.
Arian told KTTV-TV that his nephew didn't own a gun.
Neiman says the suspect failed to pull over for reckless driving and was pursued onto the freeway, where he jumped out after he attempted a U-turn and was rammed by a squad car.
Watch CBS Los Angeles' report below: