An alleged gunman shot with non-lethal rounds after he refused to exit his car in downtown Los Angeles at the end of a freeway chase was in custody today.
A motorist reported at 9:46 p.m. Tuesday that a man in a silver Dodge had threatened him with a gun on the westbound San Bernardino Freeway at Via Verde Street in an unincorporated area west of San Dimas, said Officer Patrick Kimball.
A CHP unit got behind the suspect about 10 minutes later on the westbound 10 at North Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park and tried to pull him him over, he said.
The suspect continued onto the northbound 101, where his vehicle was involved in a crash just north of Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles, Kimball said.
Just after 10 p.m., the suspect was surrounded by officers who rolled up in several squad cars, but he refused to get out of his car, which was askew on the roadway near a black sedan with which it apparently had collided.
Officers were seen firing what appeared to be non-lethal rounds through the open driver's-side door of the man's car, prompting him to finally exit the vehicle.
He was taken down, but struggled with four officers even after he was cuffed.
Both sides of the 101 were temporarily closed after the chase, said California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin.
The man's identity was not immediately released. A weapon was not recovered, Martin said.