- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man wanted for shooting his sister-in-law was arrested on an attempted murder charge after exchanging gunfire with police as he led them on a slow-moving chase that shut down part one of the nation’s busiest freeways for hours, Los Angeles police said.

Marcos Flores was taken into custody early Tuesday when SWAT officers hemmed in his sedan on Interstate 405, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Flores shot his sister-in-law in the chest early Sunday and fled the scene before police officers arrived. The victim was “in extremely critical condition, on life support,” Beck said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police had been searching for Flores since the shooting and late Monday night, Flores went to a relative’s home, where officers who were watching the home tried to pull him over, Beck said. Flores refused to stop and led police on a slow-moving pursuit as television cameras followed overhead.

The car chase began in the San Fernando Valley and wound through several neighborhoods onto I-405. The suspect inched along at times, screaming at officers. Beck said Flores also stuck a pistol out of the car’s window and fired “multiple shots” during the chase before four LAPD officers returned fire. No one was struck by the bullets, police said. Southbound lanes were closed for hours during the investigation.

SWAT officers in an armored vehicle eventually pinned in his car, but Beck said Flores still refused to get out of his car and was bit by a police K-9.

A pistol, which Beck said was “most likely” the weapon Flores allegedly used in the shooting of his sister-in-law, was recovered at the scene.

__

Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter @MikeBalsamo1.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide