A man suspected of firing shots at a police officer in Chatsworth was taken into custody tonight after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Malibu.
The suspect drove a black BMW with a number of bullet holes in its front window at high speeds from Chatsworth to Pacific Coast Highway. The initial calls came from De Soto Avenue and Nordhoff Street.
California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said the shooting involved an off-duty officer, just after 7 p.m. The chase began about 10 minutes later and the vehicle went from the Ventura (101) Freeway to Las Virgenes and Malibu canyons to Pacific Coast Highway.
The chase ended when the suspect ran from the car at Bluff Park in Malibu, apparently throwing a weapon away and then falling down and not moving from a hillside.
The initial call indicated he was a kidnapping suspect, which might explain reports that a woman who was in the car with him got away. As he ran down the hill from Bluff Park, it appeared he threw away a woman’s purse as well as a weapon.
As he sat, apparently injured, on a hillside, officers slowly moved in to capture him. The California Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s department were also involved.
The suspect was taken into custody just before 9 p.m., KCAL9 reports.
Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions below the park.