News Update!!: Cajon Pass, CA: Police pursuit ends with a man inside a U-Haul pickup truck shoots and kills himself.
A man who lead authorities in a police pursuit in a U-Haul pickup truck is confirmed dead after shooting himself along northbound Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, California area.
According to the Garden Grove Police Department, the police pursuit began shortly before 5:00pm PT when somebody called police and advised a family member was expected to drop off stolen firearms — handguns and a shotgun — at the business located on the 12800 block of Joy Street in Garden Grove, California.
Garden Grove Police Department arrived, and the man jumped into the U-Haul pickup truck and left.
Officers with the Garden Grove Police Department followed the U-Haul pickup truck.
The man initially pulled over near Brookhurst Street and Lampson Avenue in Garden Grove, California, but the man took off.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the police pursuit went eastbound on California State Route 22 near Interstate 5 and continued through various freeways into the Inland Empire, through Riverside County, California and into San Bernardino County, California.
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CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2 along with other news stations began reporting on the police pursuit live online and on television.
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The police pursuit continued onto northbound Interstate 215 then onto northbound Interstate 15 entering into the Cajon Pass, California area.
Well along the Car Pool Lane, a spike strip was thrown in front of the moving U-Haul pickup truck, blowing out the side front tires of the vehicle.
At 6:00pm PT, the U-Haul pickup truck pulled into a dirt area off northbound Interstate 15 before California State Route 138.
Aerial news helicopter video shows a man remained inside the U-Haul pickup truck, pulled out a gun and pointed the gun to his neck.
Authorities kept back behind their patrol vehicles well traffic was held back behind the police pursuit.
At 6:03pm PT, reports over the police scanner of shoots fired and the man appeared to be slumped over in the vehicle.
Reports that the moment the man shot himself was captured on camera began popping up on social media.
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CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2 reports that officers with the California Highway Patrol conducted C.P.R. until paramedics arrived, and the driver was taken to a hospital.
Authorities later confirmed that the man fatally shot himself and that the investigation is ongoing.
According to the California Highway Patrol, all lanes of northbound Interstate 15 were initially closed but then closed only the #4 and #5 lanes of northbound Interstate 15 while authorities conducted the investigation.
Just after 9:00pm PT, the California Highway Patrol said all lanes, including the #4 and #5 lanes, are reopened.