Desert Chase Ends In Police Shootout At Chiriaco Summit

A pickup truck driver who ran a stop sign led police on a 48-mile, high-speed desert chase before he was killed during a rolling Interstate 10 shootout near Chiriaco (Shih-RAY'-koh) Summit.

A Cathedral City police officer tried to stop the pickup Thursday, but the driver sped away, reaching speeds up to 120 mph as the California Highway Patrol joined the desert chase 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

CHP Officer Tami Low says 32-year-old Johnnie Robert Lopez "opened the rear-window slider and starting shooting out the back of the truck."

Three officers involved in the pursuit fired back and the wounded Joshua Tree man lost control of the pickup.

He was found dead in the truck.


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