Assault suspect shot by officers identified
WHITTIER – Whittier Police Department officials have identified a man shot several times after he allegedly rammed his car into a police patrol car.Authorities identified the suspect as Andres Martinez, 20, of unincorporated Whittier.Police allege Martinez led officers on a chase through the streets of Whittier after officers tried to stop his car on a traffic warrant Friday night. The suspect allegedly hit several vehicles during the chase, officials said.The chase ended at 8:30p.m., when the suspect tried to drive north of Mar Vista Street at Bacon Road and crashed into a trash bin, Officer Alan dela Pena said.“He \ into the back of a Dumpster and we were able to pin him in there,” dela Pena said Monday. “But then he rammed into a police car.”Officers opened fire on the car. Martinez was hit several times in the upper torso.Martinez and a female passenger in the car then surrendered. Martinez and the woman, whose name was not released, were taken to a local hospital, dela Pena said.Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.“He was conscious and alert right after we shot in the vehicle. He and the female put their hands up,” dela Pena said.Martinez was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.“Most people don’t consider a vehicle to be a deadly weapon, but a car is a weapon,” dela Pena said. “If a car’s coming at you, you’re going to have to take some kind of action. We don’t train to kill. We train to stop the threat. We were shooting at the vehicle to stop the threat.” Sandy Mazza AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!