LONG BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11) - It was a morning of emotion and chaos Tuesday at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Victoria after a pursuit that ended in the death of the suspect driver.
"At about 5 o’clock this morning, members of an LAPD surveillance team were conducting a surveillance of some suspects who were potentially known for burglaries in Bellflower where they observed a burglary at that time," said Captain Mike Thatcher with the LA County Sheriffs Department.
A short time later, the chase was on.
"The vehicle ran off at very high rates of speed," Thatcher said, until they got to the intersection of Long Beach and Victoria where the suspect hit an Expedition, a pole and a hydrant.
"At that point in time, we believe the suspect was ejected landing out on the street," Thatcher said.
Authorities said they shot out the back window of the Dodge with stun bags to see if anyone else was inside that needed help. There was no one. The driver on the street was dead.
Suddenly, family members started showing up. A man on crutches, said to be a brother of the driver, was tazed when he wouldn’t go back to the other side of the yellow tape where police wanted him to be. He was detained, and so was another man described as another brother.
Family members stood outside the yellow tape for hours waiting for any information at all. They told FOX 11 they didn’t know if the man killed was their brother and, for some, a cousin or friend.
After hours of wondering, investigators finally let a sister and uncle take a look and identify the body. The long walk to the coroner's van and then the long one back to tell the other family members and friends what they all feared.
It was her brother and his nephew.
Authorities said the driver of the Expedition suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, the investigation continues.
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