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I-5 freeway chase ends in fatal shooting

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A car chase that began in the Santa Clarita area on Wednesday morning has ended in a fatal shooting, the Daily News reports.

The pursuit started around 11 a.m. for unknown reasons. California Highway Patrol Officer Miguel Luevano said he did not know why authorities were trying to stop the suspect

Alone in a pickup truck, the man led authorities on a chase for nearly an hour before fatally shooting himself off the northbound Golden State I-5 Freeway at Castaic and Lake Hughes.

The man's name not been released pending notification of next of kin, say officials.

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11 officers fired 60 gunshots at carjacking suspect in Koreatown

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Screenshot via NBC LA video footage

The "number of officers firing weapons" is likely to be the focus of an LAPD investigation, says the L.A. Times, after it was revealed that 11 officers fired more than 60 shots at an armed carjacking suspect who led police on a slow-speed chase on Thursday.

The fatal shooting occurred at a Koreatown gas station on Thursday when police fired at the suspect after he "pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith on Friday. 

Video footage of the shooting shows officers opening fire as gas station owner, Harry Hahn, who was outside when the suspect pulled up, ducks for cover, reports NBC LA.

An investigation into the use of force will be supplemented by investigations by the district attorney's officer shooting team, and the Police Commission's inspector general into the number of units that responded to the chase and issues of public safety. 

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