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Chase ended with LAPD opening fire on carjacking suspect armed with gun, newly released video shows

WESTLAKE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A high-speed chase ended in the Westlake District last month when a carjacking suspect armed with a gun exited a vehicle and LAPD officers opened fire, according to dashboard and body-camera videos released Thursday.

An initial police pursuit began on the afternoon of May 17 and came to a halt when a robbery suspect crashed his car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Jamie Vendivel, a 43-year-old resident of Los Angeles, then allegedly used a handgun to carjack a dark-colored sedan.

Police gave chase on surface streets, as seen in dashcam video made pubic this week. At the intersection of Union Avenue and Third Street, the suspect drives through a red light and collided with an SUV.

Shortly afterward, the stolen vehicle comes to a stop and officers shout commands to the driver: “Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands!”

The dashcam footage shows the suspect opening in the passenger-side door and stepping out, holding a gun in his right hand, according to the LAPD.

“Hands up!” the officers shout. “Hands up and drop the gun!”

Police open fire, shattering one of the car’s windows.

“Cease fire! Cease fire!” an officer is heard yelling.

The suspect then flees on foot as 10 officers run after him, as seen in surveillance and bodycam videos.

One of the pursuing officers tracks the driver into a building with multiple apartments.

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