COMPTON (CNS) - Four people are dead after sheriff's pursuit ended in a two-vehicle collision at in Compton today.
The collision occurred at 12:25 a.m. at the intersection of South Wilmington Avenue and West Greenleaf Boulevard, when one of the vehicles, a red Grand Am, was being pursued westbound on Greenleaf by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, said Lt. Michael Hanneman of the Sheriff's Compton station.
The Grand Am struck a Monte Carlo sedan at what appeared to be a high rate of speed, he said.
Hanneman said the force of the impact flipped over the Grand Am, which caught fire as it was airborne, before landing in the yard of a nearby house.
The three male occupants of the Grand Am died at the scene, Hannemansaid, as did the driver of the Monte Carlo.
The Monte Carlo was driven into a power pole and its occupant, identified as an black woman in her 30s, was trapped, Hanneman said.
Firefighters cut open the roof of the vehicle in an attempt to rescue the woman, but were unsuccessful, Hanneman said.
He said the pursuit began on Indigo Street in Compton and the suspects' vehicle matched the description of one from which shots had been fired earlier.
The pursuit lasted about five minutes, Hanneman said, and ended with the suspects' vehicle unrecognizable.
"It looks like a burned-out husk that's upside down right now," Hanneman said. "It has damage to it both by fire, and by the crash."
He said the suspects had not been identified.
The incident is under investigation.