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Chris Brown Car Chase? LAPD Says 'No'

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An over three hour slow speed chase that began in North Hollywood and made its way through the LA area ended tragically after a 90-minute standoff one block away from where it all started. The driver of a white Bentley -- a businessman of Pakistani origin, according to the LA Times -- was taken by ambulance from the scene and later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to reports.

Rumors were flying around that the driver of the Bentley was Chris Brown because the suspect was said to have assaulted his girlfriend this evening, is driving a window tinted white-colored Bentley with Illinois license plates and its the night after Chris Brown's alleged incident with Rihanna. However, LAPD's North Hollywood Division told KNBC and KTLA that the suspect is not a high profile celebrity.

The chase began shortly before 8 p.m. on Lankershim Blvd. and made its way through the Southbay, downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood before exiting the 101 Freeway where the Bentley stopped and opened the trunk around 11:15 p.m. A woman on the sidewalk walked up the car and tried to talk to the suspect possibly trying to open the door, but it is unknown who she was or if she was the girlfriend. She walked away and is probably with police.

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Woman who walked up to the car | Image via KNBC
Updates:

  • 11:42 p.m.: Standstill continues, lots of bystanders and presumably paparazzi.
  • 11:46 p.m.: KTLA additionally confirms that this is not a high profile celebrity, according to the LAPD.
  • 11:50 p.m.: Retweet @Fox40 on Twitter says "Unconfirmed reports suspect in Universal City Bentley standoff may have turned the gun on himself." Definitely a possibility, it's happened quite a few times before in car chases.
  • 11:57 p.m.: KTLA goes off air, KCAL9 still continuing to air live coverage.
  • 11:59 p.m.: KCAL9 camera on the ground shows Illinois license plate to be "A50 9707"
  • 12:00 a.m.: LAPD takes over command and inner perimeter of standoff because chase began and is now back in city limits and off the freeways. The California Highway Patrol
  • 12:01 a.m.: KCAL9 says callers to the newsroom state the man is DJ Khaled from the Terror Squad, a hip hop group.
  • 12:07 a.m.: KCAL9 live coverage begins to end and goes to CBS2.com/KCAL9.com streaming on the web.
  • 12:08 a.m.: Before signing off, Laura Diaz from KCAL9: "It is an LA moment that at midnight, after midnight, folks would actually go out to a public street and try to witness what's going on and speculate to what's going on and even try to get shots on their telephones, and cell phones rather, and somehow chronicle what was occurring there."
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  • 12:26 a.m.: The above photo is the man in the car and a photo of DJ Khaled. What do you think? Comment on this post below.
  • 12:27 a.m.: Retweet @djskee on Twitter: "lol. its not really Khaled, contrary 2 news reports. i think i started the rumor tho on accident"
  • 12:35 a.m.: ABC7 is also live streaming live here.
  • 12:39 a.m.: ABC7 re-airs earlier footage of suspect putting gun up to his head. He eventually put it down.
  • 12:44 a.m.: Retweet @seanbonner on Twitter from over a half hour ago: "DJ Khalehd wikipedia page already edited to say it was him driving the bentley. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Khaled
  • 12:46 a.m.: It appears SWAT has surrounded the vehicle with three of their vehicles
  • 12:52 a.m.: Officers in relaxed posture, could be sign that suspect is dead, ABC7 speculates.
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SWAT Surround the Vehicle | Screenshot via ABC7

  • 1:04 a.m.: FOX 11 News airing live helicopter feed with little voiceover. Ambulance taking gurney out, no coroner in view.
  • 1:07 a.m.: "Well, they're not working on him," FOX 11 News observes watching the paramedics
  • 1:11 a.m.: Ambulance leaves scene with suspect, condition is unknown.
  • 1:15 a.m.: FOX 11 News stops online live broadcast, which means no more live coverage from TV news. Trying to call LAFD, line is obviously busy.
  • 1:31 a.m.: KCAL is reporting that he may be injured, awaiting confirmation.
  • 1:38 a.m.: It is reported that DJ Khaled was out of a job last week. Also, Big Will, who apparently died last night, DJed at the same radio station that Khaled did.
  • 1:40 a.m.: LA Times confirms the suspect shot himself, but no word if it was fatal or not.
  • 1:46 a.m.: An officer at the front desk of LAPD's North Hollywood Division told us that the suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.
  • 1:51 a.m.: Associated Press reports that the suspect was "removed from the scene early Tuesday in an ambulance. Police had no immediate information on the man's injuries... SWAT team members approached with guns pulled, broke the passenger window with a crowbar, and opened the door. Minutes later a fire department ambulance arrived, the suspect was pulled from the car, put on a gurney and taken away."
  • 1:59 a.m.: A MySpace account that could be DJ Khaled's official MySpace page is updated with a new blog entry, but date stamped on January 25th. It reads:
    ***** OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE **** This is DJ Khaled and due to recent press and news reports I feel compelled to
    release a statement. Just to be clear I am in Miami, FL working on Rick Ross'
    album, Deeper Than Rap. I am not in LA where there are reports that I have been
    in a police chase. These reports are completely false and unfounded.

    DJ Khaled
    We The Best Music

    Also, a Twitter account [Update: the Twitter account is now gone] set up tonight claims to be Khaled and says he is fine. Lots of rumors flying out there, folks.
  • 2:05 a.m.: Lots of people saying it is not DJ Khaled, but so far, we have not seen proof either way. Whoever it is, we hope they are doing okay.
  • 2:11 a.m.: LA Times reports that the suspect is a "businessman of Pakistani origin." They also note that this is "at least the fifth police pursuit of a fleeing driver in Los Angeles in the last two weeks." There was a car chase earlier tonight in Burbank (and the suspect got tasered). And who can forget the U-Haul chase a few weeks ago?
  • 2:29 a.m.: Looks like more details will slowly come throughout the morning and in coming days. We'll update as we get info, but our live blogging is stopping for now. Thanks for all who stayed and helped! And here's to hoping the suspect, the victims and everyone involved in this is okay.
  • 7:30 a.m.: The man -- unofficially identified as Mustafa Mustafa, according to NBC4 -- was declared dead at hospital, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Additional reporting by Andy Sternberg