Po­lice shoot, kill stolen car driver in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

Po­lice in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia have killed a man they say shot at of­fi­cers dur­ing a free­way chase.

The Shasta County Sher­iff’s Of­fice says a Red­ding po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted a stolen Honda Civic early Thurs­day morn­ing, lead­ing to a chase onto In­ter­state 5.

At one point, the car stopped and a woman got out be­fore the chase re­sumed.

A tack strip punc­tured one tire and the Honda fi­nally stopped on a free­way shoul­der north of the town of An­der­son.

Au­thor­i­ties say the driver got out and shot at two Red­ding of­fi­cers who re­turned fire. The driver got back in the Honda and was later pro­nounced dead.

He’s iden­ti­fied as 42-year-old Ben­jamin Lar­son of Red­ding, who was wanted for pa­role vi­o­la­tion and the June theft of a van con­tain­ing 14 show dogs.

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