A two-hour car chase between police and an attempted murder suspect on the run brought the traffic in Los Angeles to a standstill.
The suspect was spotted by police driving through Compton, California, on Thursday evening. He was described as dangerous and possibly armed.
Deputies told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV that the suspect was wanted in connection with an attempted murder that took place on Monday.
Officials said the suspect and three other males were in a car when they attempted to shoot someone from the vehicle. The gun reportedly malfunctioned, officials noted.
The terrifying chase shut down Freeway 91 after the assailant was seen weaving in and out of traffic and slamming into cars. Nearly a dozen officers were in pursuit of the black Mercedes before throwing out a spike strip, which failed to stop the suspect as he continued to drive on rims and blown-out tires.
Eventually, a SWAT team used a long pole to smash the rear window of the suspect’s car and drop a canister of tear gas inside. The man then fled from his car and was taken into custody.
Deputies could not confirm whether the suspect was the attempted gunman or an accomplice.