Crime & Justice

Torrance police fatally shoot suspected reckless driver

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Several roads were closed in Torrance as officials investigated a police shooting that left a woman dead Monday. 

The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. near Arlington and Post avenues, KTLA reported. Police were responding to calls of a reckless driver in the area.

The station reports:

Officers then spotted the vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and almost hit several cars. The vehicle had already been damaged and the airbags were deployed, [Torrance Sgt. Paul] Kranke said.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, a Ford Fusion, when the driver allegedly tried to run over officers and rammed a police car. 

Video taken from the scene and posted by ABC7 appears to show the car attempting to ram officers, who then fire at the vehicle.

Video: Police shooting

The female driver was taken to the hospital, where she later died, Kranke told KTLA

Sepulveda Avenue was closed between Border and Arlington Avenue as police investigate the shooting, the Torrance Police Department posted on Facebook. 

Police are asking the public to avoid the area around Cabrillo Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard as they investigate Monday's shooting.
Police are asking the public to avoid the area around Cabrillo Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard as they investigate Monday's shooting.

A recent KPCC analysis of police shootings found that L.A. County law enforcement shot at moving vehicles at least 28 times between 2010 and 2014. As KPCC reported at the time, many experts in police use-of-force consider the practice dangerous and the LAPD explicitly prohibits the practice when no other weapon is present.

This story has been updated.