(CNS) A pursuit that began with a bank robbery in Saugus ended in a hail of gunfire today on a Lancaster cul-de-sac, where the suspect brought his SUV to a stop and may have opened fire at sheriff's deputies who returned fire, either wounding or killing the suspect.
The suspect's condition was not immediately released. The suspect was believed to have robbed a Bank of America branch at gunpoint about 9:15 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon in the Saugus area, sheriff's Deputy Guillermina Saldana said. Sheriff's deputies pursued the suspect until he came to a stop around 10:15 a.m. at Desert Springs Drive and
10th Street West, Saldana said.
A short standoff ensued, with the suspect opening the driver's side door and standing next to his vehicle, but apparently refusing to comply with deputies' orders to move away from the SUV. Eventually, the suspect got back into the vehicle, and gunfire was exchange, with multiple deputies firing through the windshield of the vehicle. No deputies were injured.
"The suspect made this decision,'' Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Parker told the media. "The deputies gave him every opportunity to surrender. They kept repeatedly telling him to show his hands and he wouldn't. He got back in the car, and it appeared to me...that the suspect started firing his gun and deputies fired back. And then after that you saw that the deputies formed a team and tactically approached the car in a way that was as safe as possible for the deputies, but clearly the suspect could have shot those deputies as they approached. They're risking their lives out there. They couldn't let him get away. It really proved itself how dangerous this man is to the community.''