SoCal Mom With Child In Car Killed In Police Chase

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman was shot to death by a police officer early Friday after slamming her car into a patrol car and leading officers on a high-speed chase with her 1-year-old daughter in the back seat of her car.

Susie Young Kim, 37, of Irvine was found slumped over the wheel of the car and her daughter was unharmed and taken into protective custody at a children's home, police said.

"We don't know what led the officer to shoot," Santa Ana police Cmdr. Tammy Franks said. "I have no reason to believe he knew she had a child in the car."

The chase began just after 12:30 a.m. when an officer tried to stop the car because he suspected the driver might be drunk, Buena Park police Sgt. Bill Kohanek said.

Instead, officers ended up trailing Kim's Toyota sedan through Buena Park, Anaheim, Fullerton, Tustin and Santa Ana, reaching speeds of up to 110 mph on the southbound Interstate 5 in a chase that lasted 30 minutes, Franks said.

Kim rammed two police cars in Tustin when police tried to trap the car with a maneuver, Kohanek said. An officer saw a child's car seat in the back of her car and told their colleagues over the emergency radio, but Kohanek added that sometimes officers miss radio transmissions.

The district attorney's office was investigating.

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