Calif. gunman killed after shooting 2 hostages in trunk

KCBS-TV/Associated Press – This video image provided by KCBS-TV shows the site of s shooting Friday Oct. 25, 2013 ion Ridgecrest, Calif. A homicide suspect was killed by police on this Mojave Desert highway early Friday after a lengthy pursuit in which the man fired at vehicles and two hostages in his car trunk, authorities said.

Homicide suspect posted to Facebook during chase and shootout in Mojave Desert after earlier threatening to kill police.

(SOURCE) California police killed a homicide suspect when he shot two hostages in his trunk after an hour-long chase and shootout in the Mojave Desert on Friday.

The unidentified suspect, who was being sought in a predawn slaying and assault, posted to Facebook during the chase, which began in Ridgecrest, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a news conference, KERO-TV reported.

The gunman had called police and threatened to kill officers and “wreak havoc.”

Police shot the gunman dead around 8:15 a.m. when he pulled over on U.S. Route 395, several miles north of Highway 58, and fired into the trunk, wounding a man and woman inside, KABC-TV reported.

During the 30-mile pursuit east of the Sierra Nevada, the gunman fired a shotgun and handgun at deputies and officers from the Ridgecrest Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, but none was hurt.

The suspect pulled over twice, and once his trunk popped open. A deputy reported seeing two people inside.

The wounded hostages were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital.

“We believe they are going to survive,” Youngblood said.

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