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LOS ANGELES — A suspect in a stolen car who led Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on a wild chase from East Los Angeles to the Pico-Union area was in critical condition Wednesday night after he was shot by deputies as the chase ended.

The suspect struck multiple vehicles — including several sheriff’s patrol units — during the high-speed pursuit. It began earlier this afternoon after the suspect allegedly hijacked a sedan in East Los Angeles and sped onto the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

The roughly hour-long chase ended around 2:47 p.m. in the area of ​​Vermont Avenue and Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles when the suspect crashed into a utility pole, according to Lt. Patricia Thomas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

With several patrol cars behind him and pinned against the pole, the suspect stepped on the gas pedal, backed into the patrol units and generated a large cloud of smoke, according to video footage from the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies then opened fire on the suspect, striking him several times and shattering the sedan’s rear window, ABC7 reported.

Before the shooting, the suspect raised one arm outside the window. After the shooting, the suspect was quickly pulled from the sedan and handcuffed.

Thomas said no weapon was recovered, but putting the car in reverse and running into a patrol car, she said, is “an assault with a deadly weapon” on a peace officer.

The suspect was taken to a hospital and reported to be in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s department.

Thomas said no deputies were injured.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at 323-890-5500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submit tips at www.lacrimestoppers.org

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