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Freeway Shooting Triggered By Stolen Car Chase

A crash and officer-involved shooting that snarled traffic on the southbound I-15 for hours today started when Ontario police began chasing a suspected stolen vehicle, then turned the pursuit over to the CHP.

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A crash involving CHP officers who chased an allegedly stolen vehicle from Ontario to Lake Elsinore culminated in an officer-involved shooting today, but no one was wounded, officials said.

The crash and officer-involved shooting that snarled traffic on the southbound I-15 for hours started when Ontario police began chasing a suspected stolen vehicle, then turned the pursuit over to the CHP.

The pursuit ended with a crash and subsequent shooting in Lake Elsinore around 2 a.m. on the southbound 15, just south of Railroad Canyon Road.

An officer was injured in the crash but no one was wounded in the shooting, and the suspects were taken into custody without further incident, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Hesser.

According to the CHP, police in Ontario became involved in the case and alerted the Highway Patrol when the pursuit entered Interstate 15, in Norco.

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It was unclear whom fired upon whom.

The injured officer was treated at a local hospital for his crash injuries and later released.

As investigators probed the wreckage, determined the cause of the crash and examined the shooting incident, southbound traffic remained stalled, most lanes of the 15 closed until nearly 11 a.m., authorities said.

Arterial roads used to divert traffic quickly stalled and became veritable parking lots, Patch learned.

The sergeant involved in the incident has 21 years of experience and the other two officers have four years each. Their names have not been released, nor have the names of the suspects.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting, Hesser said.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 951-955-2777.

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