Carjacking and Murder Suspect Leads Police on Wild Chase, Fires at Cops After Crashing
A carjacking and possible murder suspect was wounded Tuesday night in a shootout with Los Angeles police after a crash with another vehicle brought a lengthy pursuit on city streets to a violent end.
The suspect, identified on a live KTLA news broadcast Wednesday morning as 24-year-old Ian Schlesinger, is thought to have stolen the white two-door Honda he was driving in an armed carjacking earlier Tuesday in North Hollywood. Police "also said he was wanted for a July homicide in the Rampart area," according to KTLA.
Schlesinger led police on a tense pursuit on the streets of L.A., starting at around 6 p.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue in Echo Park, when officers tracking the stolen car via Lojack spotted the suspect behind the wheel, according to City News Service.
The chase went through Downtown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and back to Downtown. During the chase Schlesinger was reportedly texting a friend indicating he did not anticipate coming out of this pursuit alive. While on the road, Schlesinger nearly struck at least one pedestrian, and rear-ended another vehicle.
Ultimately the pursuit ended at about 7:15 p.m. at Bixel and Seventh streets when Schlesinger crashed into another white vehicle in the intersection.
The suspect emerged from the Honda shooting what is thought to have been an AK47. Police returned fire, wounding the suspect.
Commander Andrew Smith from the LAPD told CBS 2:
“[The suspect] was putting people in danger for the better part of an hour throughout Los Angeles by disregarding rules of the road. We attempted to stop him repeatedly, obviously he didn’t stop. He seemed to be bent on getting away from us and ultimately, an officer-involved shooting occurred."
Schlesinger, who was hospitalized after the shooting, is reportedly the brother of Jack Schlesinger, a carjacking suspect shot and killed by Rampart Division officers in a Westlake district alley on Sept. 28, 2010 after allegedly attacking police with an assault weapon.