IRVINE, Calif. — Police shot and critically wounded a man who led officers on a Southern California freeway chase at speeds topping 100 mph, authorities said Wednesday.
An Anaheim police helicopter followed the suspect’s car as it sped erratically on Interstate 405 through Orange County Tuesday night, Irvine police spokeswoman Kim Mohr said.
Before officers on the ground could catch up, the car crashed on the freeway and the suspect ran from the scene, Mohr said.
Police found the man about 20 minutes later near a hotel and that’s when Anaheim officers opened fire, she said. Kenneth John Yamashita-Magarro was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
The 24-year-old is on probation and has two no-bail felony warrants in Orange County for drug-related crimes, according to Mohr.
Officials have not said what prompted the officers to fire. No weapons were found at the scene of the shooting, Mohr said. The shooting is under investigation by Irvine police. No officers were injured.