Los Angeles, CA – A carjacker was shot by his intended victim in Compton on Sunday, and then he was run over by another vehicle that didn’t stop.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the incident occurred just before 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the intersection of Compton Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue, KNBC reported.
“Investigators have learned that a male adult driver – the victim – was stopped at a red light in his vehicle…,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement.
“The suspect walked up to the victim while he was seated in his vehicle and brandished a handgun,” Deputy Schrader continued. “The victim was armed and shot the suspect.”
She said the victim “then drove a short distance away for safety, and awaited the arrival of sheriff’s deputies,’ according to KNBC.
Police have not said whether the victim was legally carrying the firearm at the time of the incident, KTLA reported.
“The suspect… was then struck by at least one vehicle traveling westbound through the intersection,” the deputy explained.
Deputy Schrader said the driver that ran over the alleged carjacker stopped briefly and then fled the scene, KNBC reported.
“The victim… has been cooperating with detectives as the investigation continues,” she said. “He has been interviewed and is not in custody. When complete, this investigation will be delivered to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing consideration.”
Police have not yet released the name of the person who was killed, KTLA reported.
The deputy said sheriff’s investigators are looking for witnesses who saw what happened, KNBC reported.
“There were multiple cars on the road, along with pedestrians in the area, at the time of this incident,” Deputy Schrader said. “Investigators believe there were multiple witnesses to this shooting and subsequent traffic collision that have not come forward.”
Anyone with information has been asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, KNBC reported.
Authorities are waiting for the coroner to determine whether the suspect was killed by a gunshot or when he was struck by the vehicle, KTLA reported.