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Woman fatally shot, thrown from car during LASD pursuit

Suspect leads deputies on pursuit before barricading himself inside a Hawthorne apartment.
Suspect leads deputies on pursuit before barricading himself inside a Hawthorne apartment. Screenshot via NBC LA

After leading authorities on a high speed chase and pushing a female shooting victim out of a car, an armed suspect abandoned his barricade and surrendered to authorities early Friday morning.

Juan Diego Valencia, 30, exited a Hawthorne apartment in the 14,000 block of Chadron Avenue, and turned himself in to LASD Special Enforcement deputies at approximately 1:50 a.m. 

The dramatic incident began Thursday around 11:15 p.m. when a deputy attempted to stop the suspect in a green Mercury Cougar in Lynwood for vehicle code violations.

The car pulled over near the 4100 block of Alma Avenue. A gunshot was heard, and the deputy observed a flash from inside the car. The suspect then sped away at a high rate of speed, according to a LASD news release.

Valencia, a Los Angeles resident, led authorities on a pursuit, pushing a yet unidentified woman out of the car at the intersection of Josephine Street and Harris Avenue in Lynwood. 

The shooting death is under investigation by Homicide detectives. Investigators believe the victim and suspect may have known each other, but details were unclear. No motive for the killing has been released.

The suspect was booked at Century Regional Detention Facility on suspicion of murder, and is being held in lieu of a million dollars bail. A firearm was recovered. 



Video shows a driver push a woman's body from a vehicle during a pursuit that began in Lynwood and ended with a barricade situation in Hawthorne.


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