Wrong-way freeway driver dies after being shot at by deputy in helicopter overhead


A sheriff's deputy in a helicopter over a high-speed, wrong-way freeway chase shot at a driver who died after ditching his moving car and trying to leave the scene, according to local news reports.

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The suspect died on a Southern California freeway, authorities said, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the man had been wounded by gunfire or died from other injuries, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Deon Filer said.

The chase started when deputies recognized the driver as a suspect in a home invasion robbery, authorities said, and tried to stop the car early Friday afternoon.

The driver allegedly took off and led deputies on a chase through surface streets and then on to the 215 freeway, driving the wrong way in northbound lanes, at times reaching speeds as high as 100 mph.

Authorities said the suspect ultimately jumped out of the moving vehicle, which in turn crashed into another car.

As the suspect attempted to flee, deputies in a helicopter overhead shot and killed him, authorities said.

Three people involved in the crash were

with unknown injuries.