PICTURED: Deputies securing the suspect following an exchange of gunfire.
On the night of September 29th, 2019, a Los Santos Police Department (LSPD) officer initiated a pursuit on a vehicle with two occupants, who had failed to yield when attempts to pull them over were made.
The suspect led the LSPD on a pursuit through the city, and would eventually stop at Rodeo Bank.
The suspect took his sole passenger hostage and dialed the emergency line, stating that officers shouldn't come in and that he had a hostage, before entering the bank.
LSPD reached out to the Los Santos County Sheriff's Department (LSSD) Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) and requested they take over on the situation, and a team responded.
Once containment on the surrounding area was set up, a Crisis Negotiator arrived on scene and established communications with the suspect.
The suspect requested that a vehicle be delivered to him and that he would release the hostage and do no further harm to them.
A vehicle was delivered as the suspect requested, and once the hostage was released, the suspect was allowed to leave the scene using the aforementioned vehicle, while LSSD air units were following and monitoring the vehicle closely.
The Special Enforcement team assigned to the situation followed behind, and once the suspect was on a clear and empty street, a hard-stop was initiated successfully.
Once the Special Enforcement team had the suspect stopped and stationary, the suspect got out of his vehicle and opened fire on the team, and was taken down.
The suspect was later declared deceased on the scene, as first-aid was administered by members of the Medical Service Team (MST), one of the branches of the LSSD's Special Enforcement Bureau.
No one working inside the bank had been injured during the incident, and the hostage was treated by MST and EMS on scene.
On a closing note, Lieutenant Benjamin Foster of the Special Enforcement Bureau's Special Weapons Team had the following to say regarding the situation.
"The Special Enforcement Bureau's first priority is saving lives. Upon arriving on scene, after setting up a safe perimeter, we had put all of our efforts into negotiating with the subject with the goal of achieving the release of the hostage. I'm glad to say that we did and the hostage was rescued safely. Unfortunately, during a short and controlled pursuit with the suspect, following a hard stop technique by our team, the suspect had decided to discharge his firearm at our deputies and was fatally wounded by the team in return."
For Information, Contact:
Deputy Marcus Whitaker, Public Information Officer
(808)-194-5000 — [email protected]
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Santos County Sheriff’s Department
1817 Cress Avenue, Dillimore
Los Santos, SA 808