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Man Kidnaps A Woman In Front Of An Off-Duty FBI Agent, Leads Police On Wild Chase To Malibu

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A high speed car chase and a standoff in Malibu all happened last night after a man allegedly kidnapped a woman outside a gym, only to be caught in the act by an off-duty FBI agent.

It was around 7 p.m. in the parking lot of an L.A. Fitness in Chatsworth when an off-duty FBI agent spotted a man forcing a woman into a black BMW, CBS LA reports. A witness said the agent warned her to duck down in her car and lock her doors.

The agent approached the man and gunfire was exchanged between the man and the agent—witnesses say they heard five or six shots fired. The agent was not hit, but it appears that he did manage to hit the BMW several times, as news choppers show the car riddled with bullet holes. Reports say the man may have also been struck.

The man took off with the woman in the car, but let her out before taking off on the 101 Freeway.

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A high speed pursuit ended when he got off at Las Virgenes Road, racing down surface streets until he hit a dead end at Bluffs Park in Malibu.

He got out of the BMW and fled on foot, carrying a gun. He ran through the park, then up a hillside, stumbling and falling in the brush. Eventually, the suspect collapsed, either from exhaustion or injury. At some point, he tossed the gun.

The police closed off traffic on Malibu Canyon Road and moved in. At 8:30 p.m., he began moving down the hill towards officers, but stopped shortly and surrendered.

At about 9 p.m., SWAT officers arrested him and put him in an ambulance. His condition remains unknown.

The woman he was allegedly caught kidnapping was also taken to the hospital. Her condition also remains unknown.