Pursuit ends in police shooting on the off-ramp of the 5 Freeway in Pacoima

A police chase involving the Los Angeles Police Department ended Monday with a police shooting on the off-ramp of the 5 Freeway in Pacoima, and the suspect was fatally shot by officers.

A SigAlert was issued at 10:24 a.m. for the off-ramp at exit 155A, or Terra Bella Street, off the northbound 5 Freeway. 

Lt. Raul Jovel said that shortly before 10 a.m., officers with the Mission Patrol Division were in the area of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Osborne St. when the driver of a Honda committed a traffic violation.

The officers tried to pull the driver over, but the driver failed to yeild and a short chase ensued.

Jovel said the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed on the off-ramp at exit 155A. When he exited his vehicle, the LAPD said he was armed with a handgun and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

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"At least one officer fired his service weapon at the suspect, striking the suspect," Jovel said.

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Video from SkyFOX showed paramedics tending to the suspect, who was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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The suspect was later identified as 26-year-old Christopher Mark Garcia.

The LAPD released body-camera footage of the shooting, which showed Garcia advance towards officers as he raised his weapon prior to the officers opening fire.