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Officers involved in two separate fatal shootings in Los Angeles County

LAPD officers surround a car in Van Nuys. Officers fatally shot the male driver and took a female passenger into custody at the end of a chase.
LAPD officers surround a car in Van Nuys. Officers fatally shot the male driver and took a female passenger into custody at the end of a chase. NBC LA

Detectives this morning are investigating two separate shootings in which the suspects were killed.

The first was a Los Angeles police chase that ended when the male driver crashed and was shot to death and a female passenger was arrested in Van Nuys at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC LA reported.

The pursuit started with a traffic stop in North Hollywood, officials said. It prompted the LAPD to go on a modified tactical alert as it dispatched officers from around the San Fernando Valley to the crash site.

Radio communication suggested shots were fired during and at the end of the pursuit near the intersection of Vanowen Street and Firmament Avenue.

A few hours later, a jail inmate was shot and killed during a struggle for the weapon of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

The suspect was arrested Wednesday afternoon and taken to jail, where he complained of feeling ill, Deputy Peter Gomez said.

Paramedics were called and deputies accompanied the ailing inmate in an ambulance to the emergency room at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood early Thursday morning.

The 27-year-old had one wrist cuffed to a hospital gurney when he grabbed for a deputy's gun in the emergency room, officials said.

“The suspect grabbed a hold of the deputy’s firearm,” said Lieutenant Holly Francisco. “At which time, the second officer shot the suspect.”

Authorities have not identified the deputy who fired his weapon.

The inmate's name and details about his arrest have not been made public.

No deputies or hospital workers were hurt.

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