LOS ANGELES – Coroner’s officials Saturday released the name of a 32-year-old man, allegedly armed with a handgun, who was fatally shot by police following a vehicle chase to downtown Los Angeles.
The man was identified as Hector Macias of Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. A search remained underway for two other suspects, along with the vehicle, police said.
The shooting occurred at around 12:50 a.m. Friday near a freeway overpass in the area of 16th Street and Maple Avenue, just north of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
Macias was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
According to the police, officers were patrolling near Manchester Avenue and Hoover Street when they saw a man with a handgun.
“The suspect ran into a vehicle that was occupied with two additional occupants,” police said. “The officers initiated a vehicle pursuit.”
The white Mercedes entered the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway and then went onto the eastbound 10 Freeway, exiting on Maple Avenue.
“Near the area of Maple Avenue and 16th Street, two occupants of the vehicle exited and ran,” police said. “Officers pursued one of the suspects, a male adult. The suspect ran underneath a bridge, (where) the suspect produced a firearm,” prompting officers to open fire.
“The suspect was stuck by gunfire. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” police continued. “The remaining two suspects and the vehicle are outstanding. One officer sustained an abrasion to the hand. A firearm is at scene and will be recovered and booked into evidence at a later time.”
One of the two suspects being sought was described only as a female. No information was available about the other suspect.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call 877-LAPD-247.