A man suspected of child abduction and assault with a deadly weapon who barricaded himself in an apartment complex and reportedly armed himself with a shotgun after leading authorities on a pursuit was taken into custody.
On May 14, authorities initially engaged the man, who was driving a silver Prius with a female passenger, in a pursuit in Kern County. The man eventually drove onto the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in the Lancaster area.
The man exited the freeway onto East Avenue S in the Palmdale area and led CHP units into residential areas.
A CHP officer attempted a PIT maneuver on the Prius as it turned left onto a street, but his vehicle was struck by a white SUV. It was not immediately known if the officer or the occupants of the SUV were injured in the collision.
The CHP handed the pursuit off to the sheriff’s department following the crash.
The Prius stopped near the Sierra View Gardens apartment complex at 37850 20th St. East and the occupants exited on foot.
The female passenger surrendered to police and was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, but the man fled into the apartment complex.
Sheriff’s deputies pursued the man into the complex and saw he was armed with a shotgun and a handgun in his waistband. The deputies fired shots at the man, though no one was injured.
The man barricaded himself in a second-floor unit in the complex with two women inside—one of whom reportedly the man’s mother.
Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau units were called to the scene to engage with the man.