Stunned motorists watch
A chase that began on Saturday morning in Camarillo with a call for domestic violence ended just before 12:30 p.m. in Calabasas with a crash and fatal shooting involving an officer on Highway 101 southbound, just before the exit of Las Virgenes Road / Malibu Canyon.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle is shown in a photograph taken by the Acorn jumping behind his Chrysler 300S crashed with what appears to be a gun in his hand. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shot him immediately, who said the man fired first.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, said the search began after officers responded to a domestic violence call in the city of Camarillo. The pursuit continued through Oxnard and toward 101 southbound, where CHP joined the chase on Borchard Road in Newbury Park.
Brenda Cohen of Agoura Hills was driving with her mother and daughter to a family event in 101 when CHP closed the highway after the driver hit a railing below the exit sign for Las Virgenes Road around 11:30 a.m.
She was in the front of the traffic jam with the police between her and the man with a gun. The shooting began after a one-hour standoff between the officers and the man, who initially refused to leave his vehicle and then came out and stood behind him.
"Mostly I could only see his face, then suddenly there was a shooting, there were shots and he was dead," Cohen said. "We had to lower our seats. We crouched because we were in the front car. If there was a stray bullet, it could have come our way. "
Both sides of the 101 closed for almost two hours before CHP decided to reopen the lanes to the north. At 4:30 p.m., 101 southbound remained closed between Lost Hills Road and Parkway Calabasas while police continued to conduct their investigation.