Armed suspect in U-Haul pickup truck shoots himself following chase from OC to Inland Empire


A multi-county police chase ended when an armed suspect shot himself inside a U-Haul pickup truck after two of his tires blew out on an Inland Empire freeway.

Around 4:45 p.m., Garden Grove police responded to the 12800 block of Joy Street in the city.

The call came from a man who was a business in an industrial area. The man said a relative was going to return some guns he’d had taken from the caller several years ago. The caller said he was afraid something was going to happen, which prompted him to call 911.

Authorities arrived at the business and found the suspect leaving the area in a U-Haul. When authorities followed him and tried to pull him over at Brookhurst Street and Lampson Avenue, the suspect complied.

But when authorities tried to give the suspect commands, he took off in the vehicle and started the chase.

Authorities chased him to Anaheim Hills and then handed over the chase to California Highway Patrol. The chase continued through various freeways into the Inland Empire, through Riverside and into San Bernardino County.

ABC7 car specialist Dave Kunz said the vehicle appeared to be a GMC Sierra pickup truck.

The suspect traveled at speeds as high as 90 mph and weaved in and out of traffic in an effort to evade police.
At one point, the suspect hit some traffic as he continued heading in the direction of the Cajon Pass. During that slowdown, the suspect erratically moved through traffic and headed into the emergency lane, flying past slower vehicles.

The front tires burst after possibly hitting a spike strip and slowed the vehicle down. The suspect struggled to handle the vehicle when the tires burst, but continued driving on the rim of the tire.

The vehicle stopped along a dirt path, where another person was pulled over. Authorities quickly arrived and were able to protect the other vehicle and get the driver to safety away from the suspect.

At some point, shots were fired and it appeared the suspect in the pickup truck may have tried to take his own life.

The driver appeared to be slumped over in the vehicle as authorities approached the driver’s side with K-9s.

Authorities later confirmed the suspect killed himself.

The investigation is ongoing.

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