Police: Man shoots self in leg, goes on crime spree in La Verne

A man accidentally shot himself in the leg, carjacked a resident, led police on a pursuit, tried to carjack more people and fought a pedestrian during a robbery attempt Friday.
The one-man crime spree began in La Verne and ended in the unincorporated county area near Covina.
The suspect was arrested but authorities hadn’t released a name late Friday. La Verne police said his identity has not been confirmed.
It started with a solo crash in the 1900 block of 5th Street in La Verne around 7:30 p.m. Officers were told that subjects were fleeing from the area.
Police said the driver accidentally shot himself after getting out of the vehicle with a handgun. He tried to carjack a Good Samaritan who saw the crash and stopped to help.
According to authorities, the man tried to break into a home in the 1800 block of 5th Street and attempted a carjacking a block away.
He later got inside a home and took the resident’s vehicle. He also led police on a chase.
At 8:05 p.m., La Verne police called Glendora police and said the suspect was westbound on Arrow Highway to northbound Valley Center Avenue. La Verne lost the vehicle shortly after that, Glendora Police Lt. Jamie Caldwell said.
Within minutes, he said Glendora police received calls about an erratic driver and possibly a crash around Barranca Avenue and Arrow Highway.
Officers found the carjacked vehicle sans driver.
Two people by a minivan told police a man tried to carjack the minivan which wasn’t working. They pointed out the direction where he ran.
A man who had just cashed a check walked out of a mini mart and was confronted by the suspect who demanded his money and punched him in the face, according to Caldwell.
The man fought back.
The suspect ran off then tried to carjack another car.
Officers caught up with the alleged culprit on Barranca Avenue, just south of Arrow Highway.
Caldwell said the man’s head was bleeding which could be due to the broken windshield of the stolen vehicle. He found out about the gunshot wound to the leg when he saw a two to three-inch pool of blood under the suspect.
The suspect was treated at the scene and later taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.
Covina police also assisted La Verne police.
– Ruby Gonzales
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