Fleeing police, man modifications garments inside retailer and leaves earlier than officers arrive

A person who led police on a chase Tuesday afternoon escaped right into a purchasing plaza in Inglewood, the place he modified garments inside a reduction retailer and left earlier than officers arrived, authorities mentioned.

At four:30 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Division’s Southeast Division pulled over a motorist on the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Figueroa Road in South Los Angeles.

It wasn’t instantly clear what prompted the officers to provoke the site visitors cease, mentioned Det. Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the LAPD.

Aguilar mentioned the person refused to adjust to the officers’ instructions and reversed his automobile towards them, prompting a minimum of one of many officers to open hearth. The person was not believed to have been shot, though his automobile was struck by gunfire, she mentioned.

The person fled southwest “at a excessive charge of pace,” tracked by an LAPD helicopter, Aguilar mentioned. Officers didn’t instantly pursue him of their squad automobiles.

The motorist drove to Crenshaw Imperial Plaza, a busy purchasing heart on the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Imperial Freeway in Inglewood, the place he struck a planter in a car parking zone and deserted the automobile.

He entered a Common Low cost retailer, turned into garments off the shop’s racks and walked out earlier than officers arrived, Aguilar mentioned. Police don’t imagine he was armed and he didn’t hurt any of the shop’s workers.

Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage from the shop displaying him altering garments, Aguilar mentioned.

They’re nonetheless working to determine the suspect. He was final seen leaving the Common Low cost on foot, headed east.

Police have been analyzing his automobile, a dark-colored Mazda SUV with a number of bullet holes within the entrance windshield. Aguilar mentioned the car had not been reported stolen.