Shooting in Pasadena leaves driver dead and a police officer hospitalized

Pasadena police headquarters. A car chase ended in gunfire on Friday afternoon, Pasadena police said, leaving a suspect dead and a police officer in surgery.
(Raul Roa / Times Community News)

A man was killed and a Pasadena police officer underwent surgery after a car chase ended in gunfire Friday afternoon, Pasadena police said.

Shortly after 3 p.m., officers tried to pull over a Mitsubishi Mirage for a vehicle code violation, but the hatchback took off, Lt. Carolyn Gordon said.

The motorist was driving recklessly, she said, and officers pursued the car to the intersection of Corson Street and Allen Avenue, where they used a “pursuit intervention technique” to bring it to a stop.

As the chase ended, shots were exchanged. An officer was shot in the leg and the motorist was killed, Gordon said.


The suspect shot at the officers, she said, but it had yet to be determined Friday if he fired the round that struck one of them.

Three firearms were recovered from the hatchback, she said.

The wounded officer underwent surgery and was in “serious but stable condition” Friday evening, Gordon said.